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Concern over food bank supplies running out
12:00pm Friday 8th February 2013 in News
UNDER PRESSURE: Joe Egan, Co-ordinator of the Christchurch Food Bank with some of the volunteers, from left, Lucy Craddock, Jo Cowley, Mike Lacey and Pat Miller
INCREASING demand for food parcels is putting a strain on food banks in the area as supplies run worryingly low.
Community food banks in Kinson, Christchurch and Bournemouth are appealing to the public for donations to be brought forward so that they can re-stock their shelves.
To many people, a food bank is a lifeline providing them with basic supplies that mean they have three days worth of nutritional meals as well as support to those who need it most such as advice on budgeting.
Sandy Williams, Kinson community food bank co-ordinator, said: “Donations will mean that we can continue to help families who are struggling through poverty.”
The shortage has been linked to benefits being cut, families having to survive on low incomes, the struggle of Christmas and also people realising that they can receive help from the food bank when times are tough.
The food banks work on a voucher system which can be sought from services such as the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Social Services and various housing associations.
In recent months, the demand for food parcels has almost tripled in some areas.
Trustee of the Bournemouth food bank, Vicki Lent, said the food bank gets through approximately a tonne and a half of food each week.
Christchurch food bank manager Joe Egan said: “The food bank is especially short of supplies such as tinned fruit and mash.”
For the moment much food is being bought out of their own pocket.
All donations are welcome including foods such as pasta, sauces, beans, tinned meat, fish or puddings, biscuits, tea and coffee. Donations of food and money can be given to the food banks directly.