Norwich foodbank feeds almost 10,000 people in a year
Norwich foodbank has given emergency food supplies to almost 10,000 people in the last 12 months, figures released today reveal.
Between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, 9,721 three-day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Norwich foodbank, compared to 9,146 in the previous year, an increase of around 6%. Of this number, 3,094 went to children.
The foodbank, a member of the Trussell Trust’s network which has today reported a UK-wide increase foodbank use, believes the local increase is due to people struggling with continued issues with benefit payments, with 44% of referrals during the 12 months relating to benefit delays or changes.
As part of a national network campaigning for change, the foodbank is working hard to offer practical emergency support to help prevent people affected going hungry, whilst simultaneously participating in vital research and raising awareness about the issues local people are facing. In the last 12 months it received a staggering 121 tonnes of food from supporters.
Hannah Worsley, Project Manager of Norwich foodbank said: “We don’t want to be here forever. No one in Norwich should need a foodbank’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 - with a benefits system that catches people before they fall into crisis, and secure work that provides people with enough money to cover the cost of essentials, this is possible.
“But until that time, we’ll continue to provide vital support when it matters most - we’re dedicated to ensuring that people in our community with no money for food are able to access emergency support, and that 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.”
The running costs for the foodbank are raised locally to enable them to continue their work. Costs include office space, to enable volunteers to carry out the administration side of the charity mileage expenses for volunteer drivers who collect donations and deliver stock to distribution centres and other overheads like utilities and insurances.
The foodbank welcomes any new offers of help with funding – local businesses, organisations and individuals interested in supporting the foodbank’s work can find out more at www.norwichfoodbank.co.uk