Foodbank sees demand rise by 20 per cent

Stowmarket Foodbank has seen the demand for the service rise by 20 per cent
Stowmarket Foodbank has seen the demand for the service rise by 20 per cent
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Stowmarket and Area Foodbank has seen a 20 per cent rise in demand for the service this year, with more than 1.25 tonnes of food donations sent out each month.

To combat the increased demand, the foodbank, run by Churches Together, has launched a new Facebook page to keep people informed of what food items it needs to replenish its stocks.

Foodbank manager Mike Smith said: “In the first quarter of this year, January through to March, we have seen the number of parcels sent out increase by 20 percent.

“While the politicians are saying things are getting better, from the grass roots level it doesn’t seem that way.

“We are still seeing problems with the benefit system with people being sanctioned for all sorts of silly reasons.

“We are delivering more than a tonne of food every month in Stowmarket and the surrounding villages.

“That shows the high demand for the service.”

Mike said the foodbank’s new Facebook page meant they could keep people up to date with how to use the service as well as telling people which foods they most need.

“To communicate with people in the community we have now gone big on Facebook.

“We tend to get a lot of baked beans, soup and pasta donated – at the moment we probably have 800 tins of baked beans.

“But we are running low on things like tinned meat, tinned fish and tinned tomatoes.

“All our stock is held on the computer so we know what we are low on.

“The Facebook page gives us the chance to let people know what we especially need.

“But ultimately we are ready to keep up with the extra demand.”

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