Foodbank’s plea for help as demand soars

People asked to donate to the foodbank
People asked to donate to the foodbank

A Ribble Valley charity has warned of its dire need for donations after seeing a surge in demand for food parcels.

Now, volunteers who run Ribble Valley Foodbank are calling for a direct hotline to job centres to support people in crisis. The move follows new figures, which reveal 834 emergency food supplies were given to local people in just six months.

Ruth Haldane, the borough’s foodbank manager, said: “Anybody could find themselves in need of the foodbank. Every week we meet local people like you or me, who have been hit by something unavoidable such as illness, a delay in welfare payments or an unexpected bill and are unable to afford food.”

According to statistics, over 834 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people during April to September 2016, compared to 780 during the same period in 2015. Of this number, 290 went to children.

Ruth added: “We are keen to work with individuals, businesses and organisations to help put a stop to local people going hungry – there’s a part for everyone to play. Thank you so much to everyone in the Ribble Valley who already donates time, food and money to help. If you’re not already involved, we’d love to hear from you!” The foodbank is collecting Christmas non-perishable food for the Christmas parcels. All those who receive parcels are nominated by the Foodbank referral agencies. If you would like to donate, please leave the food at one of the collection points or deliver to the Clitheroe Centre at Trinity Church (Mon, Wed, Fri 11-1.30). Suggested items include Christmas cakes and puddings, boxes of chocolates, children’s sweets, savoury biscuits, crisps, tins of biscuits, tinned ham or tinned salmon.