1,843 emergency food parcels given to local people in last year, Highbridge Area Foodbank reveals
Highbridge Area Foodbank provided 1,843 three day emergency food parcels to local people between April 2018 to March 2019. Of this number, 696 went to children. This is an overall 8.5% increase on the previous year but a 18% increase in children fed.
The local food bank’s figures feed into a larger national picture with a record increase in food bank use across the UK reported today by the Trussell Trust.
Highbridge Area Foodbank is backing calls from the Trussell Trust to ensure the benefits system is able to protect people from poverty.
The figures from Highbridge Area Foodbank are a 8.5% increase on the same period last year. The charity believes the local increase is due to people struggling with low income & debt, continued issues with benefit payments; issues with Universal Credit such as the five-week wait.
Nick Bashford Chair of Trustees of Highbridge Area Foodbank said
“No one in Burnham & Highbridge area should need a food bank’s help and we want to see an end to local people needing emergency food at all. It doesn’t have to be this way – our benefits system is supposed to protect us all from being swept into poverty. Universal Credit should be part of the solution but currently the five week wait is leaving many without enough money to cover the basics. This isn’t right.
“Until we reach a future where food banks are no longer needed, we’ll continue to provide vital support when it matters most. We’re dedicated to ensuring that people in our community without enough money for food are able to access emergency support. Our vital work in the community has only been possible in the last year because of the incredible generosity shown by local people in donating food, time and funds. Thank you.”