Updated September 2021: The Food Drop Service is no longer available. This post has been left as a historical record. Anyone requiring assistance with food for themselves or their family should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Several people have asked how they can support the Food Drop Service, either in cash or in kind. This post explains how the Service works, and how you can help. If you or someone you know needs help from the service please use this link.
The Food Drop Service has now been operating for nearly five weeks. Last week 45 packages were delivered to people in Bruton who, because of loss of income due to the pandemic, have been unable to buy their own food. Each week’s package contains enough food for an adult for seven days. The contents vary from week to week (depending on donations), but normally include fresh fruit, vegetables, milk and cheese as well as dried and tinned goods.
In order to set things up quickly, the service has been hosted by the Bruton Festival of Arts (the organisation that runs the Packhorse Fair and Spiral of Light). It has been entirely funded from local donations of cash and goods. It costs well over £500 per week to keep it going. On 28 April the Town Council agreed to donate up to £3000 to the Service, and on 30 April Somerset Community Foundation made a grant of £2000. The service is now more secure, but donations would still be welcome.
To help keep things going:
You can pay into The Bruton Food Drop account at Church Bridge Stores over the counter (cheques should be made payable to Church Bridge Stores Bruton Ltd).
You can pay into the Bruton Festival of Arts account
Bruton Festival of Arts
You can also donate products, please email email@example.com To arrange collection.