Cromer Foodbank gives out almost 2500 parcels
The Cromer & District Foodbank distributed 2484 three-day emergency food supplies to local people in crisis last year, part of a national picture where foodbank support remains at record levels.
This tally compares with 2188 food parcels in 2014/5. 39% of last year’s recipients were children. Locally, the top three reasons for foodbank referral were: Benefit Delay, Low Income and Debt.
Over the last year, local people donated 25 tonnes of food to the Foodbank, and over 100 people volunteered. Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support, enabling three days’ nutritionally balanced food and support to be given to people in crisis.
As well as providing emergency food, Cromer & District Foodbank provides essentials like washing powder, nappies and hygiene products to families who are struggling, as well as signposting them to other services in the local area. They are also partnering with Citizens Advice to provide additional services such as welfare advice, budgeting help and debt support at the foodbank itself, helping people to break out of crisis.
Ella King, Cromer & District Foodbank Manager, says “We have been providing three days’ emergency food and support to local people since 2012. Behind these statistics are real people in real crisis through no fault of their own.”
The day to day running costs for the foodbank are around £20,000 a year. Costs include employing one part time member of staff, warehouse rent, transport costs, and other overheads like utilities 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.cromerdistrict.foodbank.org.uk .
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Nationally, latest statistics published by the Trussell Trust foodbank network show UK-wide foodbank figures for 2015-16 remain at record levels. Early findings in new data analysis of Trussell Trust figures by University of Hull suggests that foodbank use is highest in areas where many people are unable to work due to illness or disability, are skilled manual workers, or are deprived.
David McAuley, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust says:
“These figures on national foodbank use prove that the numbers of people hitting a crisis where they cannot afford food are still far too high. One million three-day food supplies given out by our foodbanks every year is one million too many. This many people needing emergency food must not become the new normal. I’m calling on Government, the voluntary sector, businesses and communities to work together to tackle hunger and poverty in the UK. This has to be a society-wide effort.
“Our foodbank network is already playing its part: many foodbanks offer additional services to help people break out of crisis, and if the promising new data science techniques shown in the University of Hull report are developed, we could use them to help tell foodbanks where to target resources and which groups in society are most at risk from hunger.”
The Trussell Trust is a charity motivated by Christian principles that runs the biggest network of foodbanks in the UK. For more on The Trussell Trust visit www.trusselltrust.org
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