Family Support during the summer break

4th August 2020

Help and support during the summer holidays 2020
Food parcels and “Coleford Community Meals” vouchers
Normally, if you need help with food for your family from the Forest Foodbank, you would need a referral from someone like school, church, benefits agency etc. However, right now, you don’t need a referral to ask the Foodbank for help - you can simply ask them directly, i.e. you can self-refer. Phone lines are open once a week, with deliveries the following day.
The Forest of Dean Salvation Army also delivers food parcels and operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Both the Foodbank and the Salvation Army will also automatically deliver our Community Meals vouchers with their food parcel deliveries, allowing you 3x free hot lunches for your family from Cafe Sixteen.
Do please use these services if you need to. And keep well and safe over the summer.
God bless. Rev Sarah.

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