Food banks and community groups helping to feed the vulnerable in Bridport

Compiled by Kathy Dare and Peter Wilson

The pandemic sadly has meant people who would not normally use the services provided by local food banks and community groups are coming forward.  To ensure that the everyone in the Town and surrounding area are aware of all the services available and how to access them, the Bridport Local Food Group has published the following list:

CUPBOARD LOVE at St Mary’s Church, South Street, is the Town’s main food bank.  Access to Cupboard Love is via referral from various sources including Citizen Advice (CAB), Job Centre and Doctors.   No one will ever be turned away but will be asked to get a referral for any future visits.  It is open on Wednesday mornings 11 am – 1 pm for collection of food parcels.    In certain circumstances home delivery is available.   Out of hours, messages can be left on 07443 596096 – messages will be checked and actioned on Wednesday mornings.   cupboardlove.bridport@gmail.com

BRIDPORT COMMUNITY FRIDGE operates from the Chapel in the Garden on East Street and is currently opens every day except Thursday (when they are at St Swithin’s Church) and Sunday.  Saturdays 10-12; Tuesdays 11-1pm; Wednesdays – 12-1; Thursdays 10-1pm at St Swithin’s; Friday 11.30-1.30.  Surplus food is supplied from local supermarkets and other places.  Anyone can come and help themselves as the aim is both to help the needy and reduce food waste. More details are on their Facebook page or call 01308 422448.  events@bridportunitarians.co.uk

THE GARDEN GLUT & FOOD STALL is in the St Swithin’s Church car park in North Allington every Thursday from 10am -1 pm and will continue until at least March.  Jointly run by the Bridport Local Food Group, Transition Town Bridport and the Community Fridge.  It supplies for free (or donation) surplus food plus fresh produce from local growers including ready meals.  More details from the Chapel or Bridport Local Food Group website www.bridportfoodfestival.co.uk  or contact Peter on pjwilson8@btinternet.com or 07778 159826

HOPEFUL HAMPERS operate from the United Church on East Street. They provide emergency hampers of tinned/dried and fresh food to families in urgent need of food.  They have a small stock of food kept at Good Books and shop for fresh food if required, usually after talking to the recipient about their needs/preferences.  In addition, they also supply organisations such as CAB, primary schools, housing associations, nurseries with bags of dried and tinned food which they can give out to anyone in need.  To access please email with details of family composition, ages of children, address and contact details. email  bridporthh@gmail.com

BRIDPORT CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, 4-5 Kings Square, East Street, DT6 3QE   Open to everyone who is in need or struggling. Happy to be contacted at any time.  Offer bespoke food parcels when needed.  Every Monday at 1 pm offer a cooked meal.  Contact Lindsay Goodrich 01308 281829 linjohngoodrich@yahoo.co.uk

COMMUNITY SOUP KITCHEN  Beacon Church, Priory Lane, Bridport DT6 3RW  Tel: 01308 456931.  office@beaconchurch.co.uk   Open to anyone who needs a hot meal. Provide hot fresh soups and meals.   They are open Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 noon-2.30 pm.  Takeaway and delivery.   No charge.

Other contacts:

Bridport Town Council 01308 456722, Bridport Citizen Advice (CAB) 0800 1448848, Bridport Community Support Volunteer Support 07401 243585, and Dorset Council on 01305 221000. These can help with collecting shopping and prescriptions.

In an emergency, phone the Bridport Town Council, CAB during office hours or Bridport Community Support on 07401 243585 at all other times.