First food bank opens in Tavistock

A new food bank has been opened in a west Devon town.

The facility, the first in Tavistock, has been set up by the town council.

It has been started after a study found that, over six months, about 70 people in the town - which has a population of about 12,200 - were struggling to feed themselves and their families.

The food had been donated by members of the public, and the bank would open on Fridays at the United Reformed Church in Russell Street, organisers said.

Town councillor Dick Eberlie, who helped set the project up, said: "We decided that there was a need and it was proving necessary because there are people in our community who do need this sort of help."

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