Alongside local Councillor, Tony Goldson, Suffolk Coastal MP, Therese Coffey visited the Halesworth Larder in St Mary’s Church recently to thank the volunteers who run this vital service.
Headed up by the Revd Jane Held, the Halesworth Community Larder helps those who need additional support with food and other essentials.
Therese said: “I was pleased to visit this fantastic community organisation and my thanks to everyone who donate and volunteer. I also want to thank the suppliers who share their food that would otherwise go to waste or offer other benefits in kind. This is exactly the sort of project I welcome where it is open to all, referrals do not need to be made, no intrusive questions are asked about people's resources or issues but a warm welcome is offered.”
Cllr Goldson said: “The Community Larder was set up at the first lock down. Its purpose is to allow those in need to choose the food they require, rather than being given foods that they do not need. There is no charge, but people can leave a donation if they feel able to. The Larder is well supported by Local food collection points that I set up at the start of the pandemic and our local supermarket. They also have a voucher scheme where those who need fresh meat, vegetables or fruit are given out.”