Kingsbridge Foodbank volunteers are celebrating a 48k lottery grant from the government’s Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund.

The funding, organised by the National Lottery Community Fund, will help the charity to feed 400 people from the area, who utilise the foodbank each week.

Charity manager, Gerrie Messer said: “A lot of people are surprised that our catchment area, so popular with tourists for its fantastic beaches and countryside actually needs a foodbank.”

“Many of our clients are in work, but it’s a hugely expensive area with fierce competition for housing and some clients can’t earn enough to make ends meet, thanks to its seasonal and low-wage economy.”

Volunteer co-ordinator, Jackie Visser paid tribute to the team of more than a hundred volunteers from the Kingsbridge and surrounding area who help run the foodbank.

 She said: “Between us, we put in 26,000 unpaid hours per year. That’s huge amount, and shows what an incredibly supportive community we are part of.”

“Many of us have also been helped by the foodbank. I know it gives us all a greater sense of purpose, friendship and our own support network within the foodbank.”

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