Toy company staff spend a day with the Sid Valley Food Bank

15:13 1 March 2022

A group of “lovely” volunteers came to the aid of the Sid Valley Food Bank in mid-February.

Five employees of games and toys company Tomy in Exeter were given a day off on Monday February 14 to help the Sidmouth team.

Chris Chapman from the food bank said: ‘They helped us with a big storage exercise, checking the date and sorting food and other items.

“They said they enjoyed it and would love to help out again another time. Thanks to them, we will now be able to better manage the rotation of our stocks.

Later that week, the food bank faced the challenge of making home deliveries as Storm Eunice beat Devon on February 18.

Chris said: ‘We made the decision on Thursday evening to delay Friday deliveries until the afternoon to protect our drivers from possible falling branches or trees and because they have to carry a lot of bags of food from the car to apartments and houses.

“All the drivers have agreed to be available mid-afternoon instead.

“We have also rearranged the volunteers so that only those who lived nearby come to pack.

“One of the trustees phoned all of our customers in the morning to let them know their food would arrive later.

“A message from one of our customers read: ‘A big thank you to all of you for yesterday and always for delivering a food parcel even one day with the weather. It was much appreciated”.

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