Foodbank supplies running low after store closure

By Chris Betteley in Charity

NORTH Ceredigion’s only foodbank is running “dangerously short” of supplies to feed society’s most vulnerable people following the closure of Budgens supermarket.

Donations for the Jubilee Storehouse foodbank - run by St Anne’s Church, Penparcau, and Llanychaearn Church, Rhydyfelin, - have been accepted at the Budgens store at the Ystwyth Retail Park since it took over from Co-operative last August.

The Co-op store before Budgens had a collection point for donations, and supported the foodbank ever since it was established at St Anne’s Church in 2011.

Since the Budgens store closed last month, however, the foodbank has been left without a donation point at a major supermarket in town - reducing donated food “considerably” - and volunteers are urging other Aberystwyth supermarkets to step in and help.

Volunteer Val Baker said: “Since the closure of Budgens supermarket, donations to the Jubilee Storehouse food bank in Aberystwyth have reduced considerably.

“We are dangerously short of tinned items for main meals, such as meat stews, curry, chilli, potatoes, vegetables, tomatoes and fruit.

“We are also low on rice, tea and sugar.”

Foodbank co-ordinator Malcolm Dye said that while the foodbank is hoping to establish a donation point at one of the other supermarkets in town, much-needed donations were still being taken in Aberystwyth at St Michael’s Church, Ceredigion County Council’s offices and St Anne’s Church.

Tesco has an agreement with the Trussell Trust - the largest umbrella group for foodbanks in the UK, but the supermarket giant has said that it would be willing to help “any way it can”.

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