THREE Bridgwater councillors have donated a £500 ward grant to the Sydenham Pantry on Parkway.
They are Conservatives Diogo Rodrigues and Mike Cresswell, who represent Fairfax East, along with Labour’s Graham Granter (Fairfax West).
The Sydenham Pantry is an initiative partnered with FareShare Southwest providing fresh and cupboard food to families at a fraction of the normal price.
Fareshare works with large organisations to help bridge the gap between food producers, supermarkets and landfill to ensure good, fresh (but surplus) food is not wasted.
Cllr Rodrigues said: “The food gets delivered every week and all the food is within its ‘best before’ date. By choosing to become a member you’re saving perfectly good food from going to landfill while also saving money.
“Sedgemoor District Council’s Community Services team has provided the funding for the essential core costs of the pantry and it is run by local volunteers to support the residents of Sedgemoor.
“The Sydenham Pantry do some brilliant work in the local community supporting those that need a bit of help with their food shop. We are pleased to be able to support the Pantry with some funds which will help to ensure that there is food available for those that are in need.
“A huge thank you has to be given to the volunteers that give up their time to support our community through this initiative.”
Cllr Cresswell, who is on the board of trustees at Sydenham Community Centre, added: “I know the Pantry well and we have given them a space to use at the centre.
“They do a lot of good for the local community and I know this money will help them to keep up the vital work they’re doing. Thank you to Sedgemoor District Council too who fund the essential core costs. Without their vision this wouldn’t have been possible.”
You can keep up with the work the Pantry do through their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheLocalPantrySedgemoor/