New community food shop leading the way in the battle to feed hungry children

New community food shop leading the way in the battle to feed hungry children

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6th September 2021

A different and dignified community food shop in Sturminster Newton has fed some 470 hungry people, of which 225 are children in North Dorset since it opened. Struck with the number of people going hungry in the district, which was exacerbated during the first lockdown, Dorset Council and Sturminster Newton county councillor Carole Jones, together with the Blackmore Vale Surgery Group, launched the Vale Pantry.

The initiative is part of Your Local Pantry, a national charity aimed at tackling food poverty. Pantry co-ordinator Carole said “During this time it really hit home how people were struggling to make end meat and put food on the table or the family. Once the worst of the first phase of COVID-19 was over, I worked closely with Blackmore Vale Surgery Group to the Pantry open and available to any family or person struggling to make ends meat.”

The Vale Pantry is the first rural and only pantry in the South of England and opened on November 5 at 35a Market Place, Sturminster Newton.

You can read the full article in the Blackmore Vale Magazine.

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