In October we’ve been busier than ever – together fed 446 people with 3 day emergency food parcels – that’s 4014 meals!
We also ran a “Healthy Holidays” program again in October half term which was very busy helping 68 children. Veronika (mum of kids pictured below) said: “I’m on Universal Credit and I only have £100 left for everything after I’ve paid bills and rent and we can’t live on that. Holidays are much harder because we don’t have school meals. Foodbank really helps.”
30 schools also did harvest collections for us for which we are really grateful. Heaton St Barnabas topped the table again by very generously donating 504kg of food! (Byron School pictured below delivering some food!)
Daniel came back to Foodbank to say thank you so I’d thought I’d share it as I hope it inspires you that everything you donate is changing lives! He said:
“I needed Foodbank because I got sanctioned which left me with no money. Foodbank helped me through so I didn’t go hungry. I started volunteering at Foodbank because I don’t want to see other people suffering and I wanted to help them. Foodbank told me about CAP Job Club which was great. They helped me write my CV and with interview techniques. These skills and volunteering at Foodbank helped me get a bakery job. This place has inspired me and got me to where I am now.”
Unfortunately the need for Foodbanks is growing and it’s becoming the unacceptable norm that families have to rely on us to survive. Read this interesting piece in The Guardian.