Posted on Wednesday 1st February 2023
(Left to right back row) Angela Staples, Lynn Chapman and Jacky Billingsley. (Left to right front row) Anita Rushton and Heather Preece.
Families worried about the rising cost of living are being offered free supplies at their local community table.
West Chadsmoor Family Centre in Cannock run a weekly community table, supplying the local community with a range of food items and toiletries free of charge.
As well as receiving these staple household items every Wednesday, residents struggling to heat their homes can also expect a warm welcome from the centre every Monday.
Angela Staples, Deputy Manager, said: “It’s great to see the amount of people who come to our community table each week and are so grateful for the food and support that we give them.
“Anyone can drop in and get the supplies they need, at no cost to them. We don’t want any families going hungry due to the rising costs of living. Our community table is open from 11am-12pm, every Wednesday.
We also offer a warm space every Monday from 12.30pm-2pm, where people can come along and enjoy some food and a friendly chat.”
Staffordshire County Council’s ‘Here to help’ campaign and dedicated webpages at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/heretohelp also have information for families worried about additional cost of living pressures. Advice and signposting on things like childcare funding, paying bills, food and essentials and staying warm are available.
Victoria Wilson, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities and Culture, is leading the authority’s ‘Here to Help’ winter campaign and was full of praise for the work of the West Chadsmoor Family Centre.
“West Chadsmoor Family Centre are doing fantastic work in their community, supporting vulnerable families and residents. Not only can residents access free food and essential items for their children but you can enjoy a warm space and a friendly chat.
For anyone struggling to feed their families or heat their homes, our Here to Help campaign covers a wide range of subjects and the dedicated webpages are full of practical advice.”