Additional supplies needed to help local families

The town’s shopping centre is reaching out to locals to request food-supply donations for its ‘charity of the year’, as more items are needed to keep up with summer demand.

Angel Place Shopping Centre began its partnership with Bridgwater Foodbank earlier this spring and has been supporting the charity’s efforts in providing nourishing goods for local people in emergency situations.

A collection trolley is located outside of Wilko’s where shoppers can drop off any item, which will then be distributed to those in need. Roger Smith, centre manager at Angel Place, said: “With it being the summer holidays, some families may be struggling to access good quality food now that school breakfast clubs and free meals aren’t available during the six-week break.

“The town is filled with so many kind-hearted members of the community who have contributed greatly to the cause. We are hugely appreciative of the surplus tinned goods and non-perishables that we have been receiving, but we do need more to continue reducing the risk of people going hungry,” explained Roger.

Bridgwater Foodbank is part of the charity, The Trussell Trust, and was founded by local churches and community groups in 2013. Keith Barnard from Bridgwater Foodbank, said: “Since our collaboration with Angel Place began, we have fed more than 2000 people, with 550 of those being children. However, at present we are particularly low on items including fruit juice, men’s razors, shaving gel, deodorant, toothbrushes and chocolate, so we would like to ask for help from the public to help us raise our stock levels.

“The families who benefit from our services are all incredibly grateful for the support and love they feel from the town. The Bridgwater Foodbank team would also like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone, including Angel Place, for their kindness and generosity – it means the world to so many.”