Highbridge Area Foodbank usually provides food parcels to around 2000 people every year affected by food poverty. Demand for their services has rocketed since the outbreak of coronavirus, and we provided an urgent grant to help the group transform its approach to offer safe home deliveries of food parcels three times a week.
Maxine Bashford, Trustee of the foodbank, told us more about how they are helping local people in need.
“Last week in our Foodbank centres we fed three times the amount of people we fed in the same week last year. We have seen a rise in those moving into temporary accommodation, waiting to secure benefits, people being laid off and of course those previously just about coping but now because of the financial impact of this crisis no longer able to do so.
Over this last week I have spoken to elderly people in isolation who are scared because their food is running out and there's no one to help, and vulnerable adults whose regular framework of support has, in their terms, disappeared. Last night I spoke to a mother of several children who suddenly lost her job and finds herself totally at a loss. She visited us this morning and was hugely grateful for the food parcel she received. We also managed to include an Easter Egg for each child which reduced her to tears.
No one can know the real impact that receiving a couple of bags of food can have on someone. For some people it's the food that really matters, for others it's that they mean enough to be helped.
Thank you for helping us make a difference.”