Generous shoppers donate to Hailsham food bank

Lynne Chapman, Community Champion at Tesco, Philip Saunders, volunteer and Julie Coates, Hailsham foodbank manager.
Lynne Chapman, Community Champion at Tesco, Philip Saunders, volunteer and Julie Coates, Hailsham foodbank manager.

More than 40 families will benefit from food donations thanks to the generosity of shoppers in Hailsham.

Hailsham Foodbank and an army of volunteers set up a collection at Tesco in the town to help feed local people facing crisis.

Shoppers donated around 875kg of food to the foodbank at the event earlier in the month.

Hailsham foodbank manager, Julie Coates, said: “Hailsham foodbank wants to say a big thank you to all those who gave their food or time .

“It is hard to describe the difference giving a food parcel makes to parents whose children would otherwise go to bed hungry and it is people like you who make this possible, thank you.”

Volunteers stood outside Tesco and asked shoppers to donate an item or two to help feed local people in crisis.

More than 90 per cent of the food that is given out by the foodbank is donated by the public, which Julie said is what makes collections such as this so important.

She said the foodbank would not be able to run without public generosity.

The food donated was enough to feed 44 families and last year Hailsham foodbank collected an amazing 11,486 tonnes of food, which fed nearly 1,100 local men, women and children who would have otherwise faced going hungry.

Frontline care professionals give out vouchers which are redeemed at the foodbank.

Hailsham foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK Foodbank Network.

The Trussell Trustis currently launching three new UK foodbanks every week to meet demand and gave three days’ emergency food to 346,992 people nationwide in 2012-13, 170 per cent more than in 2011-12.

Foodboxes typically contain items such as tinned fruit and vegetables, tinned meat and fish, pasta, sauces, long-life juice, UHT milk, cereal, tea, rice pudding, biscuits and soup.

Last year Hailsham foodbank collected 11,486 kg of food from the public and provided emergency food to 1,096 people, of which 367 were children.

Nationally, the single biggest reason that people were referred to Trussell Trust foodbanks in 2012-13 was benefit delay, followed by low income. Other reasons for referrals include delayed wages, domestic violence, sickness, unemployment, debt, benefit changes, refused short-term benefit advance, homelessness and absence of free school meals during school holidays.

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