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Stowmarket Foodbank appeals for donations as cupboards run bare

Stowmarket Food Bank are desperate for food donations. Last month they delivered 1.25 tonnes of food to families in the town but received only 800kg of food in donations.             FL;  Hazle Smith doing the best she can with limited supplies. ANL-140520-193402009

Stowmarket Food Bank are desperate for food donations. Last month they delivered 1.25 tonnes of food to families in the town but received only 800kg of food in donations. FL; Hazle Smith doing the best she can with limited supplies. ANL-140520-193402009

A foodbank’s shelves are running dangerously low because of increasing demand for the service.

Stowmarket Foodbank manager Mike Smith says demand has risen by 20 per cent over the last year and yet food donations have remained the same.

He said: “For the month of April we delivered just over one-and-a-quarter tonnes of food but received just 800kg in donations.

“If it carries on this way we would be out of food in eight weeks.”

Mike said recent stories in the national media and comments from members of the Government attacking foodbanks had not helped their cause.

He said: “When you have Government members saying food banks shouldn’t exist and there’s no need for them today it is not very helpful.

“All our clients have to go through a referral – it is not people coming to us, queueing up and saying ‘give me some food’.

“When we have people in public office belittling food banks like this it makes it a lot harder for us.

“We would be happy to be redundant but there is a real need for the foodbank.”

Mike is appealing for people to help boost its stocks with its busiest month, August, just around the corner.

“We are running short of biscuits, sugar, tins of soup, tins of spaghetti and packets of savoury rice,” he said.

“We are thankful for everyone who has donated to the foodbank but need even more stock to help out people in need.”

Between 10am and 1pm Thursday, May 29, volunteers from the organisation will be at ASDA in Stowmarket asking people to donate groceries from a shopping list.

For more information on the foodbank call 01449 774000.

 

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