Weymouth chippy Fish ’n’ Fritz has donated 60 family fresh fruit and vegetable boxes to its local food bank as a way of saying thank you to its community.
The gesture comes hot on the heels of the shop's recent gold award in the Dorset Tourism Awards, and follows research by owner Paul Hay which shows demand for emergency food from Weymouth Foodbank grew by 33% in 2020. This equates to over 45,000 meals distributed to adults and children in the Weymouth area during last year. And the high demand is continuing this year.
Paul explains: “When I found out the truly staggering demand Weymouth Foodbank has, I knew it was an organisation we wanted to help out. Helen from the Foodbank told us about the need for fresh fruit and veg at this time of the year. So that’s what we did.
"For me this donation was a way to say thank you to the local community who have supported us so much over the last 24 years. For many, the effects of the Covid crisis in 2020 and 2021 has been incredibly tough mentally, physically and financially; people are falling through the cracks and need help.”
Weymouth Foodbank volunteer Helen, adds: “We are very grateful to Fish 'n' Fritz for donating fresh fruit and vegetable to give to our clients. We usually supply non-perishable food as this is much easier for us to store. However, knowing that this food was coming allowed us to plan accordingly. Having fresh food like this made a lovely change for our clients and was really well received. Thank you again for your kindness.”