VOLUNTEERS at Highbridge Area Foodbank have reassured the public that they will be remaining open during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a post on social media on Tuesday (March 24) a spokesperson for the foodbank said: "We remain open thanks to the selfless commitment of our wonderful volunteers

The latest government advice explains food banks can legally continue operating and buildings that host food banks can continue to open for those sessions, provided we follow social distancing rules, because our work qualifies us as key workers ‘caring for the vulnerable.

"You will need a referral voucher, Citizens Advice are no longer attending. sessions. Please call their Advice line on 03444 889623 for help or the Village Agent team on 01823 331222 who will refer you to a local contact.

"Donations of non-perishable foods & toiletries are welcome please leave in the local Tesco or Asda collection bins as we must reduce footfall at our centres as much as possible. Thank you."

The new opening times and venues for Highbridge Area Foodbank are:

Tuesday - 10am to noon at Burnham-on-Sea Methodist Church

Thursday - 9.30am to 12.30pm at Hope Baptist, Highbridge

Saturday - 10am to noon at Burnham Methodist Church