Talbot Village Trust has donated just under £2,000 to Poole Food Bank, run by Faithworks Wessex, to purchase additional storage for the expanding food donations the charity receives.

The number of local people who rely on Poole Food Bank has risen by 20 per cent over the past year, which has meant a shed was purchased using the Trust’s donation, to create extra storage and allow food to be stored safely.

Gill Payne, Poole Food Bank coordinator, said: “We are so grateful for the generous donation to Poole Food Bank. We have been able to purchase additional shelving and a storage facility that enables us to continue to operate safely, as the need for this project grows, to meet an ever-increasing demand.”

Russell Lucas-Rowe, Trustee of Talbot Village Trust, added: “Poole Food Bank is a crucial service and is relied on by many in the community to provide them with access to food, as well as offering advice on debt management and cooking on a budget. The increase of people using Poole Food Bank has led to the need for the charity to expand, and we are thankful to be given the opportunity to help support this cause, which in turn helps so many people across the county.”

Poole Food Bank is open weekly on Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am until 12.30pm, except on Friday when it closes at 12pm. The charity accepts food donations during its opening hours and if you would like to join the team of volunteers please call 01202 669566.

Talbot Village Trust meets biannually, and will be accepting applications for funding from both previous and new applicants in the area before the end of January 2019. Please go to www.talbotvillagetrust.org for more information.