A NEW food bank is to be set up to help villagers battling poverty.
A team of volunteers in Weston Rhyn are following the lead of Oswestry and District Food Bank to bring extra supplies to those who need it most during the difficult economic climate.
Organiser Glenn Pennington, a church warden at St John’s Church which will host the food bank, believes there is a real need for such a service in the village and is assuring the public that anyone who takes up the offer of help will receive it in confidence.
He said: “Unfortunately there’s a lot of stigma attached to somebody that needs this service. But we will give out food without judgement and in the strictest confidence.
“We just want people to know, if you need us, here we are. We will be here to listen and give them what they need.”
Rev Stuart Jermy of St John’s and St Martins Churches added: “We believe there’s a real need for a food bank in the area and it’s something we want to do to serve the community.”
The Oswestry and District Foodbank was set up just before Christmas in 2011 and, according to Mr Pennington, has given out 23 tonnes of food to more than 1,000 people
Another has popped up in Ellesmere in the last few months and it is hoped the Weston Rhyn food bank, which will operate out of the Station Road church, will make life easier for those hit hardest by the slump by providing essential supplies right on their doorstep.
Phil Simpson, project manager for Oswestry and Borders Food Bank, added: “We realise that travel costs a lot of money in a rural area so we are trying to make access to the food bank easier for clients.”
With the help of Local Joint Committee funding, the team of six volunteers from St John’s congregation bought a special locker for the food and have undergone training.
The service will be open to those with food bank vouchers, usually issued by care agencies such as doctors surgeries, to collect food parcels donated by churches, charites and supermarkets, every Tuesday from today, October 8.