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A community larder is celebrating its first anniversary after a year of tackling food poverty.

The Thatcham Community larder, which now has over 80 members, turns one today (June 23).

It has been operating weekly in the Frank Hutchins Hall and offers free school uniforms, sanitary products and a free toy and book exchange, as well as grocery items.

Thatcham Community Larder leader Vicky Roseblade holding a cake at the anniversary celebrations with volunteers and both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Thatcham
Thatcham Community Larder leader Vicky Roseblade holding a cake at the anniversary celebrations with volunteers and both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Thatcham

Any leftover produce, like fresh vegetables and pasta, goes to the Newbury Soup kitchen and the Small Animal Rescue Sanctuary.

Leader of the Thatcham Community Larder Victoria Roseblade said: “We’ve seen members join for a variety of reasons.

“Many are seeing the larder as critical support during these times of rising food costs, others want to ‘do their bit’ to combat food waste and reduce landfill."

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The mother of two added: “Not forgetting the members who come along for social connections and the cake and tea.”

Behind the larder are a group of volunteers who help with memberships, loading shopping bags, making drinks and slicing cake.

Despite its growth, the larder is on the lookout for new volunteers in addition to welcoming new service users who may be interested in having a look at what’s on offer.

More information can be found on the Thatcham Community Larder Facebook page.

The larder operates each Wednesday between 1.30pm and 5.30pm at the Frank Hutchins Community Centre in Thatcham.



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