We would like to give huge thanks to everyone who supported us over the festive period. An incredible £15,000 was raised for our ‘Feed a Family’ appeal enabling us to provide Christmas dinner for around 300 families in financial crisis. With the additional funds raised, we will be able to provide fresh produce in all food-packs in 2017, ensuring those in need can still enjoy a healthy fresh meal. Around 10 tonnes of food were also donated, which we will distribute in food parcels.
And yet, the need continues to grow. We distributed 99,000 meals in 2016, an increase of 27% on the previous year. Half of all recipients are referred repeatedly for support. This growing dependency on foodbanks has shaped ‘Beyond the Food Bank’ – our new support service whereby we aim to provide the time, the place and the space for those stuck in the revolving door of poverty. We want to provide access to advice on many aspects affecting people’s lives -money matters, fuel poverty, addictions, unemployment, mental/physical health – and work more intensely and long-term with people in need to help them get back on their feet.
To find out more and how to get involved please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01786 5614027