New emergency foodbank opens in Weymouth

New emergency foodbank opens in Weymouth

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:24pm 17th April 2020.

A new food distribution centre has opened in Weymouth to support the most vulnerable members of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The foodbank is based at St Edmund's Church on Lanehouse Rocks Road and has been set up to serve local people in Wyke, Lanehouse and Westham who may need extra help during the current crisis.

Distribution is on Thursdays between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

Rev Brother Alasdair Kay of the Parish of Wyke Regis said:

"We hope this foodbank will only be necessary for a short time but we're prepared to keep going as long it's needed.

"It's a project run by local volunteers for the benefit of the local community and therefore a good example of what we should all be aiming for in our uncertain future."

St Edmunds Church Food Bank

Rob Cheeseman of Extinction Rebellion said:

"This pandemic has caused extra financial hardship for many people and forced some volunteers to stay at home, causing increased pressure on existing foodbanks.

"The local Extinction Rebellion group have been able to provide people to support the church in setting up this new facility.

"Our hope is to relieve some of the pressure on the other foodbanks in town and reduce how far people need to travel to collect food."

The project is supported by Dorset Council and Weymouth Town council.

Volunteers say food donations would be gratefully received from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Tuesdays.

Details can be found on the parish website.