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Foodbank Voucher Scheme Helping More Families in Beaminster

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8:23am 24th October 2013

A food bank which offers fresh produce to families in Beaminster is gaining support from the local community.

Since it's launched in July - shoppers have bought £600 worth of vouchers which they've donated.

People began donating dried and canned foods at Beaminster Children's Centre last year.

Since the summer they've been able to buy vouchers from local shops which the centre can use to add fresh produce and toiletries to the bank.

Local primary schools have also lent their support with donations from their harvest festivals.

Dorset County Council's children's centres aim to support local families. Beaminster Children's Centre leader Nicola Shoemark started the food bank. She said:

"The reaction to the food bank and the voucher scheme has been amazing. We have been able to give out 33 boxes so far, which is just brilliant. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people and would like to thank everyone in the community that has supported the food bank."

Vouchers ranging from £1, £2, £5, £10, £20 and £50 can be bought from:
o Nick Tett Butchers
o Fruit 'N' Two Veg Greengrocers
o Beaminster Pharmacy

Dried and tinned foods can also be left in donation boxes at:
o Beaminster Children's Centre
o Barton House Medical Centre
o Yarn Barton
o Local churches and primary schools

Local county councillor Rebecca Knox, who is also Cabinet member for children's safeguarding and families, said:

"Many of us take fresh produce for granted and I think that everyone should be able to enjoy good quality meat, fruit and vegetables. Thanks to the support of the children's centre, local shopkeepers and members of the community, we are now making this happen and I'm delighted that the scheme is a success."

For more information about the food bank, contact Beaminster Children's Centre on 01308 861030.

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