At a recent presentation, Phil Webster of Bridgnorth Food Bank was given a cheque for £2,743 by Jason Walton, manager of Bridgnorth Low Town Co Op foodstore. The money was raised by local members of the Co Op who donated 1% of their dividend to local good causes, including Bridgnorth League of Friends and the Endowed School, with the total amount raised locally £8,197.
The Food Bank enjoyed a sustained period of support from the public at the end of 2018. Phil Webster, who runs the facility for those who find themselves short of money or food, says, “The local community have been fantastic. The Co Op gave us this generous donation from its shoppers and members, and the local Labour Party held a quiz night – and one chap just turned up with £100 a donation after reading about it!
“We never turn anyone away at the Bridgnorth Food Bank – people do need a referral from Social Services, the Job Centre, a church or their doctor for continuing help, but anyone who comes to 7 West Castle Street isn’t going to be turned away. We can also help with other issues and can offer support to people who are struggling with to pay their rent or to cope with gas or electricity bills.”