2,967 emergency food supplies given to local people in last year, Cirencester Foodbank reveals
Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, 2,967 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Cirencester Foodbank, compared to 2,783 in the previous year. Of this number, 1,426 went to children.
The foodbank, a member of The Trussell Trust’s network which has today reported a UK-wide increase foodbank use, believes the local increase is due to people struggling with insecure and low-paid employment, ongoing issues with benefit delays and changes.
As part of a national network campaigning for change, the foodbank is working hard to offer practical emergency support to help prevent people affected going hungry, whilst simultaneously participating in vital research and raising awareness about the issues local people are facing.
Rachel Brindley, Foodbank Manager of Cirencester Foodbank said:
“We don’t want to be here forever. No one in the Cirencester, Fairford, Lechlade or Tetbury areas should need a foodbank’s help and we want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all. It doesn’t have to be this way – with a benefits system that catches people before they fall into crisis, and secure work that provides people with enough money to cover the cost of essentials, this is possible. But until that time, we’ll continue to provide vital support when it matters most – we’re dedicated to ensuring that people in our community with no money for food are able to access emergency support, and that has only been possible in the last year because of the incredible generosity shown by local people in donating food, time and funds. Thank you.”
The running costs for the foodbank are around £18,000 a year, all of which is raised locally to enable it to continue their work. Costs include warehouse space to sort and stock donated food, a van to pick up donated food and deliver to distribution centres, and other overheads like utilities, salaries and insurances. The foodbank welcomes any new offers of help with funding – local businesses, organisations and individuals interested in supporting the foodbank’s work can find out more at www.cirencester.foodbank.org.uk
Rachel Brindley, Foodbank Manager can be reached on [email protected] or 07506 174373
Notes to Editor
- Cirencester Foodbank has been providing three days emergency food and support to local people since 2012.
- 27 tonnes of food were donated by the local community between April 2017 – March 2018
- For more info, visit www.cirencester.foodbank.org.uk
- Cirencester Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust network. For UK-wide Trussell Trust foodbank statistics visit https://www.trusselltrust.org/news-and-blog/latest-stats/ .