Foodbank makes fresh plea for donations as demand soars
figures out this week show demand for food donations at Highbridge's
Foodbank is continuing to soar as local people struggle with financial
550 packs of three-day emergency food supplies were provided to
local people by the Highbridge Area Foodbank during the period from
AprilSeptember 2016, compared to 291 during the same period
this number, 202 went to children. Organisers say the top three
reasons for Foodbank referrals are benefit delay 32%; benefit change
30%; and low income 14%.
Wayne Sadlier, Foodbank Manager in Highbridge, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "Anybody could find themselves in need of the Foodbank.
Every week we meet local people who have been hit by something unavoidable
such as illness, a delay in welfare payments or an unexpected
bill - and are unable to afford food."
really is only with the communitys support that were
able to provide vital emergency help when it most matters, and were
constantly surprised and overwhelmed by local peoples generosity."
"Were keen to work with individuals, businesses and
organisations across the community to help put a stop to local people
going hungry theres a part for everyone to play. Thank
you so much to everyone in Highbridge, Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding
area who already donates time, food and money to help local people.
If youre not already involved, wed love to hear from
Highbridge Area Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust foodbank
network. The Trussell Trust has this week proposed a direct telephone
line between foodbanks and local job centres as it reveals
that more than half a million emergency food parcels have been issued
across the UK in the first six months of the year. The number means
that the foodbank network is on course to distribute the highest
number of food parcels in its 12-year history during 2016-17.
The proposed hotline would provide vital timely and invaluable
trouble-shooting support for people referred to Foodbanks because
of problems with a welfare claim and may prevent them from needing
the foodbank again.
A hotline would be a low cost solution that allows foodbank
managers and volunteers to support those in serious crises more
quickly and efficiently, reducing stress and negative impact on
the mental wellbeing of people referred to the foodbank. Evidence
from The Trussell Trust network of foodbanks suggests foodbank managers,
volunteers and welfare advisers spend a significant amount of time
on hold to DWP phone lines on behalf of people in crisis.
Highbridge Area Foodbank has been providing three-day emergency
food and support to local people since 2012. Between April 2015
and April 2016, 644 three day emergency food supplies were provided
to people in Highbridge, Burnham-On-Sea and the surrounding area
by the Foodbank. Of this number, 195 went to children.
Above, Burnham-On-Sea Food bank helper Alun Davies and, top, some
of the stock of supplies given out by the Food Bank