On Wednesday 6th October, Member of Parliament for Clwyd South, Simon Baynes MP, paid a visit to Chirk Town Council’s Community Cupboard in the Parish Hall to learn more about the work of the volunteers and the invaluable services they provide to local residents.
The Community Cupboard is free, open to anyone living or working in Chirk, and no entitlement to benefit is needed. Stock varies from week to week and the Community Cupboard, through its work - which is supported by FairShare and Neighbourly as well as donations from the Community Allotment and local residents - fosters community spirit and saves good food going to landfill.
During the visit, Mr Baynes met with Cllr. Frank Hemmings, Chairman of Chirk Town Council, and volunteers to discuss the incredible work of the team involved in supporting Chirk and the wider community.
Chirk Community Agent, Yvie Bernett said:
“This is a project which helps local people as well as reducing the amount of good food which would otherwise be wasted. Since our project started in March 2021, nearly 3,000kg of food has been distributed to members of the local community. I am very proud of the volunteers who work so hard to help me ensure the Community Cupboard is available every single Wednesday afternoon even if I have other commitments in the community. As we start to move on from the pandemic which has been such a struggle for many, everyone is welcomed with a smile and a chat and I am also able to take the opportunity to refer our visitors to other local events and services if needed."
Simon Baynes MP said:
“I want to pay special tribute to the volunteers at the Chirk Community Cupboard who do amazing work every week, serving the community. I was grateful to learn more about the kinds of products which are in high-demand locally, and the ways in which residents support each other by dropping off essential items. I wish them every success for the future and I look forward to keeping in touch on their work.”