Hailsham Foodbank:

Malcolm Richards, Food Bank, George Street, Hailsham
Malcolm Richards, Food Bank, George Street, Hailsham

Hailsham Foodbank is appealing for donations to help keep people from going hungry this Christmas.

Since the foodbank opened last year more than 1,100 people have been given emergency food from the foodbank in Hailsham.

Food bank manager Malcolm Richards said this Christmas will be ‘especially tough’ for people living in poverty.

Malcolm said, “Winter is the hardest time of year for people living in poverty, and this Christmas is looking especially tough as fuel prices continue to rise. ”

Around 30 per cent of children living in Hailsham are in poverty according to campaign group End Child Poverty.

The figures released earlier in the year show 35 per cent of youngsters were living below the poverty line in Hailsham East.

The report also showed that 24 per cent of youngsters are living in poverty in Hailsham South and West but 11 per cent are living in poverty in Hailsham Central and North.

The figures, which reflect mid-2012, show the amount of poverty measured in each parliamentary constituency.

Child poverty is measured by relative low income (household earning less than £16,000) and includes cases of parents who cannot afford new shoes for their children when they are needed, and are forced to skip meals to save money.

A food collection was held at Tesco in Hailsham over the summer which saw a massive 1,511.6kg of food collected, which is worth around £2,540.

A spokesman for Tesco in Hailsham said, “Our customers were incredibly generous when we held our food collection in the summer.”

Hailsham foodbank is part of national charity the Trussell Trust.

To donate to Hailsham Foodbank visit http://hailsham.foodbank.org.uk/