More than 800 emergency food supplies have been dished out to families in the last six months, dramatic new figures reveal.
The Trussell Trust food bank has disclosed that Ribble Valley Foodbank handed out 834 three-day care packages in first half of the year and more than 290 went to children.
This figure has increased from 780 during the same period in 2015. The top three reasons for foodbank referral were: low income (29%); benefit delay (25%); and benefit changes (15%).
Ruth Haldane, manager of Ribble Valley Foodbank said: “Anybody could find themselves in need of the foodbank. Every week we meet people 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. It really is only with the community’s support that we’re able to provide vital emergency help when it most matters, and we’re constantly surprised and overwhelmed by local people’s generosity.
“We’re keen to work with individuals, businesses and organisations across the community 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 local people. If you’re not already involved, we’d love to hear from you.”
Ribble Valley Foodbank is collecting Christmas non-perishable food for parcels distributed in December. All those who receive parcels are nominated by the Foodbank referral agencies. To donate, leave the food at one of the collection points or deliver to the Longridge Centre at St Paul’s or Clitheroe Foodbank, Trinity Methodist Church, Wesleyan Row. Suggested items include Christmas cakes and puddings, chocolates, children’s sweets, tins of biscuits, tinned ham or tinned salmon. No advent calendars.
Meanwhile, Booths in Longridge and Clitheroe has lent its support becoming a partner and encouraging its shoppers to donate food and other item.
For stories on how people are supporting the foodbank click here http://www.longridgenews.co.uk/news/caring-clitheroe-pupils-help-the-food-bank-1-7893420 and http://www.longridgenews.co.uk/news/aldi-helps-out-food-bank-appeal-1-7646385