Thousands benefit from Eastbourne foodbank

Eastbourne Food Bank SUS-150828-143142001
Eastbourne Food Bank SUS-150828-143142001

More than 4,000 people in Eastbourne have been given emergency food supplies in the last six months according to new figures released this week.

The figures from the Trussel Trust show Eastbourne foodbank provided 4,064 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis between April and September. More than 1,250 of the three day supplies went to children.

The number of foodbank users rose by around 6 per cent on last year, rising by 235 from

Howard Wardle Operations Director of Eastbourne Foodbank said, “We are consistently busy and the demand for help continues to rise.

“Low income and benefit delays are still the two top reasons people come to us. We are also able to offer help with advocacy support, debt, clothing, bedding & household items which is all essential for families in crisis”

In the last six months people in Eastbourne donated more than 30 tonnes of food to Eastbourne foodbank while more than 70 people volunteered their time.

Local schools, businesses and faith groups have also provided vital support to the foodbank.

The trust say, winter is likely to see a rise in numbers of people needing foodbanks, as people on low incomes face choices between eating and heating.

In December 2014, referrals to Trussell Trust foodbanks nationally were 53 per cent higher than the average across other months, with over 130,000 three day food supplies being given to people in crisis in December alone.

The latest figures published by The Trussell Trust nationally show foodbanks in the Trussell Trust network provided 506,369 three day emergency food parcels between April and September 2015, compared to 492,641 people in the same period last year.

Trussell Trust UK foodbank director Adrian Curtis said, “We’re seeing that hunger remains a major issue for low income families and individuals. When the proposed changes to tax credits are implemented, we are concerned that more working families will not be able to make ends meet, and that we could see a substantial rise in foodbank use as a result.”

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