Ivybridge 'roving' food bank receives cash from council

Tinned food
Image caption The food bank will depend on donations from the public and local supermarkets

A new "roving" food bank which will provide food parcels to people in outlying Devon villages has been given £1,300 by councillors.

The Ivybridge Food Bank, which plans to launch before Christmas, will be staffed by volunteers.

It will cover Ivybridge, Yealmpton, Bittaford, Modbury, Cornwood, Brixton, Ugborough, Sparkwell, Shaugh Prior, Lee Moor and Wotter.

South Hams District Council said it would be an "invaluable" service.

The new scheme comes after a rise in the number of individuals and families accessing a similar Plymouth-based food bank service.

Nutritional guidelines

People can be referred to the Ivybridge scheme by health visitors, the Children's Centre, GP surgeries, churches or social services.

Each person or family will be able to access the food bank four times a year when they will be given three days worth of food.

The food will be provided by public donations and local supermarkets. The food parcels will be put together following nutritional guidelines from the the Trussell Trust charity.

Councillors Keith Baldry, Tony Barber, Ian Blackler, Basil Cane, Kathy Cuthbert, Bill Hitchins, Louise Jones and David May donated between £100 to £400 of their allocated locality budgets - set sums of money that councillors can put towards projects which benefit the local community.

Ms Cuthbert said it was a worthwhile project which had the council's full support.

"It will be an invaluable service for families and individuals in crisis," she said.

An open evening is being held at the Evangelical Church on Exeter Road in Ivybridge on 21 November for people who might be willing to volunteer.

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