The Mayor of Glastonbury Cllr. Jon Cousins has donated £400 to Bridging the Gap, the organisation that manages the Glastonbury and Street Foodbank, which covers the post code areas of BA6 and BA16.
Bridging the Gap delivers food parcels direct to homes on referral from various agencies. The food parcels are designed to last a week, and take into account people’s domestic situation, dietary requirements, and other financial needs – for example electric top-up’s and toiletries, including nappies and pet food if requested.
Although self-referrals are not accepted, people can request support from referral agencies such as the Job Centre (claimants can put a request in their journal), housing associations, the Connect Centre, CAB, drug and alcohol services, church ministers, or housing associations.
Anyone who would like to support the Foodbank can make donations of dried and tinned goods with a long shelf life to a box in Morrison’s, or one in Earthfare, or to any open church in Glastonbury. For a financial donation, please contact Bridging the Gap direct. Volunteers who can drive and are available to shop and deliver food parcels can explore volunteering by being in touch.
Cllr. Cousins said “This year, because of the Covid-19 restrictions, we decided to cancel the traditional Mayor’s Sunday parade. Recognising the increase in demand for the services of the Foodbank, I felt it much more appropriate to allocate some of the funds that would have been used to celebrate the beginning of my Mayoral year to this incredibly worthy cause”. He continued, “My predecessor, the late Cllr. Denise Michell, identified the Foodbank as her Mayoral Charity, but sadly, with her failing health and the restrictions on fundraising initiatives, there were limitations to the level of support she was able to give. This donation I know would also meet with her approval”.
Bridging the Gap thank all those in the community who support the Foodbank in so many ways. “We could not provide this service without you”.