High demand for foodbanks from people in crisis continues to rise

January 26 2018

TEAMS running foodbanks in Thornbury and Yate said demand for their services exceeded their worst forecast through December.

TEAMS running foodbanks in Thornbury and Yate said demand for their services exceeded their worst forecast through December.

While expecting to be busy, the requests for help were even higher than anticipated.

The Thornbury foodbank in the town’s Baptist church is a branch of the Yate and Chipping Sodbury foodbank - and part of the Trussell Trust's UK-wide network.

Robert Vernon, who heads up the Yate centre in Station Road, said December was busy at all three centres - there is also a branch in Mangotsfield - but the volunteers did their best to help people and would at least have food for the Christmas period.

He said: “On the upside, the generosity of people in supplying us with Christmas goodies in addition to our usual items was overwhelming.

“We received so many thanks from donors for the work we do.  As a result, we were well able to cope with the demand in our usual generous manner.” 

He said through 2017, food and other items were supplied to 2,534 people - a 12 per cent rise on 2016.

That equated to more than 25 tonnes in the food parcels but donations of 24.6 tonnes were received. 

He said: “Sadly, we do not expect demand to reduce this coming year. As a result, we will need help and support to keep the warehouse stocked.”

Foodbanks provide emergency meals for three days to people in short term crisis, which can be the result of problems such as benefit delays or withdrawal, separation, unexpected bills, debt, bereavement or redundancy.