23rd Oct, 2020

Droitwich Foodbank issues urgent appeal after 153 per cent increase in demand

AN URGENT appeal has been launched by Droitwich Foodbank which is running out of certain items.

According to the figures from last month the organisation has seen a 153 per cent increase on the same time last year.

In April 2019 it provided emergency food parcels to 181 residents and this April it was 458.

Mary Stanbury, from the foodbank, said: “At the moment we are feeding about 110 people-a-week.

“Residents have been so generous with their donations and so have the supermarkets – Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose – but we still need more.”

The foodbank has leased a van so it can get food to more people who are self-isolating during the Coronavirus pandemic.

“Initially we were getting a lot of families contact us because they were waiting for the school meal vouchers but that seems to have sorted itself out now.

“We have had a lot of requests from housing associations and social workers.

“Many people on low incomes don’t have access to online shopping orders and can’t get slots.

“I fear in the autumn it will get even worse as people’s incomes will be further hit by the need to heat their homes and I worry there will be more unemployment by then because of the impact of the virus.”

Among the foodstuffs the organisation needs are tinned meat, tinned carrots, Pot Noodles, cup-a-soup, tinned fruit, packets of jelly, tinned custard, jars of jam, 500g bags of rice and microwavable rice.

Other non-food items needed including men’s razors and shaving foam, men’s deodorant, washing up liquid, dog food and shampoo.

There are drop-off points at Waitrose, Morrisons, Lloyds Bank and Barclays Bank.

Any businesses, organisations or individuals who can help should visit droitwichspa.foodbank.org.uk to find out more.

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