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                   Special Notices

Supporting our local foodbank

PEOPLE in Pucklechurch are being urged to help those who are struggling to afford food.

Demand has increased so much at the foodbank in Yate that another has now opened in Mangotsfield.

Both foodbanks are part of a network of more than 370 across the country run by the Trussell Trust6 to provide emergency supplies to people in short-term crisis.

St Thomas a Becket is organising collections from the village to support the foodbanks. Donations can be left in the church or in the collection box at Pucklechurch Primary School.

Among the items needed are tinned fish, tinned meat, instant mash in sachets, boxes or drums, Angel Delight, longlife sponge puddings and washing up liquid. To see the full shopping list, visit

It is important that all donations are undamaged and have a long use-by date. The supplies will go to a warehouse in Yate where the food parcels are co-ordinated.

The Mangotsfield foodbank is based at Resound in Blackhorse Road and the Yate one is at The Candle in Station Road. Both are open on Friday mornings.

If you need help from a foodbank, you will have to have a voucher. These are issued by 'voucher partners' such as Citizens Advice, Age UK and South Gloucestershire One Stop Shops as well doctors, schools and health visitors. As yet, there is not a voucher partner based in Pucklechurch.

The vouchers can be exchanged for a food parcel providing enough non-perishable food for 10 nutritionally balanced meals. It will also contain toiletries and household items. Usually there is a limit of three vouchers in six months.

Volunteers at the foodbank will try to direct people in need to the appropriate services to find a linger-term solution to their difficulties.