About ten people have been helped by the Uckfield Foodbank since it was launched at the beginning of September.
Those in need have included people who have been going without food themselves to make sure their children have enough to eat.
One of the foodbank volunteers Chrissy Noble said many of the people coming to them were struggling because of a muddle over benefit payments.
Others were affected by their job situation. Chrissy said: “A couple of people were carers on zero hours contracts – they only get paid when they are asked to work – and one of them hadn’t been called in for six weeks.
Chrissy added that because they were on contract they were unable to claim job seekers allowance.
People in need of food are identified by professionals from statutory and voluntary organisations and given vouchers to exchange at the foodbank, which is based at Kings Church in Grange Road, Uckfield.
Where people approach the foodbank directly in desperate need the volunteers are able to give supplies to tide them over for one night and information to help them access vouchers in future.
Chrissy said it was very sad in this day and age to see people in such difficulty but it was good to be able to help them and it was thanks to the generosity of people in Uckfield that the foodbank was able to run.
Donations at Tesco recently filled 12 trolleys with produce which could be distributed to the needy.
If you are interested in volunteering for the Uckfield Foodbank you would be welcome at a training session to be held on Tuesday, October 8, at 7.30pm at the Kings Centre.