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1870 food bank parcels provided for children in Somerset West and Taunton during first six months of the pandemic  

1870 food bank parcels provided for children in Somerset West and Taunton during first six months of the pandemic   New figures released by Taunton Foodbank reveal 4051 emergency food parcels were provided to people between April and September of this year – a shocking 52% increase on the same period in 2019. 1870 of these went to children. The food bank believes the […]

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Toys for Christmas

We are being, very kindly, offered toys to put in with the food boxes. Unfortunately we just do not have the storage or resources to manage this. In previous years we have worked with Christmas Sparkle Project to distribute their beautifully wrapped presents but this year, for obvious reasons, this is no longer possible. We […]

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Mental Health is very important never more so than now.

If you thought a summer lockdown was bad for people already struggling with mental health, a winter one may well be 10 times worse – with cold, dark nights and limited social contact. Please keep a lookout for your family, friends and neighbours that are struggling. The relapse and overdose rate has increased by 30% […]

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Taunton Foodbank will continue as before . . .

In light of yesterday’s government announcement, the foodbank remains open to clients for collection of a food box as before – every week day morning Monday – Friday 10-12 noon, with a prior referral and allocated date. This follows the government guideline on a click and collect type of service being allowed. There is no […]

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Co-op Wiveliscombe donation

A huge shout out to the management and staff of the Co-op in Wiveliscombe. They won £100 and rather then spending the money on themselves they used half of it to buy an amazing 73.8 kgs of food for the Food Bank. The rest went to Wiveliscombe’s local secondary school in relation to school meals. […]

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Taunton Foodbank sees a huge surge in the uptake of School Holiday Boxes

Taunton Foodbank and its hubs in Wellington and Wiveliscombe have distributed more than three times as many School Holiday boxes this year than in the corresponding period a year ago. From 1 April to 30 September, which includes both the Easter and Summer holidays, 318 School Holiday Boxes have been given out compared to 99 […]

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Food over half term and holidays

In light of the current news about child poverty, please remember that Taunton Foodbank and its hubs in Wellington and Wiveliscombe will always supply families identified as in need by their relevant schools with school food parcels over the half terms and holidays. This has always been our practice and will continue to be so. […]

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B&M store opening in Taunton

B&M Stores have selected a local charity that has gone above and beyond for the local community, and as a token of their recognition, they have invited our Manager, Sue Weightman, from Taunton Foodbank, as their VIP guest and Local Hero to come and open the store for them on its first day! The store […]

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Christmas 2020: Reverse Advent Calendar

    Instead of our ever popular Christmas Reverse Advent Calendar, where you put a tin of food into an empty cardboard box during the 24 days leading up to Christmas, against a shopping list we publish, we are asking those who wish to donate at Christmas to fill a jar with a coin a […]

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Zoom in, to Help Out

On Friday 4 September, an event was held to raise money for us called “Zoom in, to Help Out” which featured local award-winning photographer George Reekie who kindly shared his great experience with around 25 keen photographers who joined the Zoom demonstration. This raised a substantial amount for the Foodbank and to all those who […]

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