Members of the local churches that are providing a free meal.
The local community has come together in Rochford to seek to help those living in food poverty in the area.
With food poverty being on the rise in the UK, many households or individuals are unable to regularly obtain a nutritious affordable meal, so a number of local churches are working together with the community to offer two separate provisions in the town that will give out free meals to those who need them.
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Community, Councillor Mike Webb said “In Rochford we know that, through no fault of their own, some individuals and families are struggling to make ends meet.
“This is a welcome response from the church and the community to seek to help those in need in a very practical way, by providing free meals.”
The free meals will be running on a pilot basis for the next few months at: Hawkwell Baptist Church, Rectory Road, Rochford on a Saturday morning, between 10am and 11am – and – Rochford Methodist church, North Street, on a Wednesday lunchtime, between 12pm and 1pm.
Volunteers have come from a number of local churches and the wider community have been supported in setting up this project by Rochford District Council.
Those that use the service will also have the opportunity to refer any concerns that they may have to other local agencies.