CEREDIGION women born in the 1950s have teamed up with a voluntary organisation to donate goods to Cardigan Foodbank.

Collections of items were organised by members of Ceredigion Women Against State Pension Injustice Campaign (WASPI) at their meeting on December 7 in Aberaeron and by staff at the Care Society’s offices in Cardigan and Aberystwyth.

Based in the New Life Centre on Quay Street, Cardigan Foodbank, which is non-denominational, gives free emergency parcels of at least three days’ food to people at crisis point.

“If you are struggling to put food on the table, we can help you,” said foodbank manager Alan Faunch.

“First you need a voucher from a local agency like the Care Society, Citizens Advice or Social Services. If you are not in contact with these organisations please ring us on 01239 615864 or 07949127307 and we can put you in touch.

“We can also put you in touch with food banks in Aberystwyth, Lampeter and Llandysul.

“We appreciate the goods that the WASPI women have collected for us. Donations are always very welcome.”

WASPI member Rachel Nicholas, who organised the collections, works for the Care Society.

“Many people have to use food banks due to problems with Universal Credit or other benefits “she said. “This is now true for some women born in the 1950s who are having to wait several years to get the pensions they paid into.

“This can leave them in dire straits and struggling to manage. The foodbank can be a lifeline for them. We wanted to do something practical to help.”

Cardigan Food Bank is usually open on Mondays 11am–3pm and Fridays 11am–2pm.

On Friday, December 20 it will be open longer, from 10am–4pm but closed on December 27.

On Christmas Day, a free three-course meal will be provided to all-comers at 1pm. If possible please book (though not essential) by ringing 01239 615864. For emergency help ring 07949127307.