Shoppers in Budleigh Salterton are doing their bit for supporting those in food poverty thanks to a new donation box at the Co-op.
The town’s churches have backed the addition of a new drop-off point where donations of food can be left for distribution by the Exmouth Community Larder.
Budleigh Salterton Churches Partnership supports the community food larder through donation points at its places of worship, with volunteers from St Peter’s Church taking the town’s contributions to Exmouth’s Community Larder.
The new drop-off point for food donations is at the rear of the Co-op store in Budleigh’s High Street.
The community larder relies on donations of dried food, tins, packets and toiletries for redistribution.
Chris Kitson, who coordinates the Budleigh food collections, said Exmouth Community Larder gave those in need more than food supplies, by way of advice and help claiming benefits.
He said: “We have people in Budleigh who go over to the larder who are in food poverty.
“While people are doing their shopping they might put in another tin of beans in their basket and put it in the box.”
Exmouth Community Larder has listed foods suitable for donation. They are: tinned meat, cereals and porridge, tinned vegetables, tea bags and coffee.
Tinned potatoes, potato powder, milk; long life or powdered, tinned fish, sugar, tinned baked beans, squash, fruit juice, tinned spaghetti, tinned rice pudding, savoury rice and sponge puddings.
Pasta, noodles, spaghetti, tinned fruit, pasta sauce, custard, tins of soup, jelly, jam, peanut butter, honey, Marmite and treats, such as chocolate.
Also, washing powder, washing up liquid, soap, shampoo, toilet rolls, toothpaste.
Exmouth Community Larder is open every Monday and Friday 1.30pm until 3pm, in the Salvation Army hall, Sheppards Row, off Exeter Road, Exmouth.
For more information on the Exmouth Community Larder’s service see here