Demand rising for foodbank as winter bites

Published on: 02 Dec 2013

THE Resound foobank has fed 127 people from Downend, Staple HillI, Emersons Green and Mangotsfield in its first eight weeks.

Organiser Claire Collins said this meant that 1,143 meals had been provided, with the total amount of food given out amounting to one and a quarter tonnes.

The foodbank is open at the church in Blackhorse Road on Friday mornings to distribute emergency supplies to people in short-term crisis who have been issued with vouchers.

Volunteers from a number of local churches run the service. Food and other provisions are collected by individuals, groups and schools as well as church members.

Clients attending in December will be given small Christmas hampers but the main need for donations continues to be basic foodstuffs.

An up-to-date list can be found on the Yate and Sodbury foodbank website and is published regularly in Downend Voice.

“We have had an amazing response,” said Ms Collins.

The Archbishop of Canterbury last month suggested that people give a tenth of their Christmas shopping budget to foodbanks.

He made the call in response to the increasing numbers of people in need of emergency help to feed their families. 

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