A REVIEW is being held of the way West Somerset Food Cupboard (WSFC) volunteers help people in need of emergency supplies.

The food cupboard, which last month was presented with the King’s Award for Voluntary Service, has been providing emergency food parcels since 2007.

It operates out of St Michael the Archangel Church, in Alcombe, where the charity also runs a Local Pantry on Tuesday mornings for people living within a 15-minute travel radius.

Now, the food bank is recruiting another co-ordinator to organise and oversee the safe and effective operation of its projects.

Applications close on Wednesday (February 14) for the new role, which will be for 15 hours a week plus up to five more hours working with the food cupboard’s operations assistant.

WSFC operations manager Ali Sanderson said: “This is an exciting time to join our team, to help hone our approach for the future, and to make a lasting and valuable benefit to our local community.”

Ms Sanderson said a ‘short review of our operations’ was to be carried out over the next three months.

She said: “While we do not believe that this will surface any major change, we wish to take the opportunity to review our roles and how they work together.

“This may result in some minor flexing of the role or roles and we would welcome the input of the successful candidate, working with our existing staff and trustees to help to direct the review.

“The trustees are keen to ensure we operate effectively and we review our operating model and approach so that we deliver an appropriate level of service to our users.

“While we are delivering a great service and making a real difference, we recognise the need to constantly reflect and consider how we can improve and develop our service.”

WSFC supports families across Alcombe, Minehead, Dunster, Carhampton, Timberscombe, Porlock, and the communities in between.

Food is donated to the charity by local people, checked and packed by volunteers, and distributed either by a local agency supporting somebody through a particular challenge, or directly by a WSFC team member.