A record number of people received food parcels from Uckfield Foodbank during December.
One hundred and six people were helped, that’s more than double the monthly average.
Last year the foodbank gave out food parcels to 603 people, 233 of them children. Almost 30% of those accessing the foodbank did so due to problems in receiving benefits, 23% needed to use it because of low income.
Figures released in December 2015 by East Sussex County Council show that 24% of households in Uckfield live in poverty.
For many, an unexpected bill, a cold winter causing high heating bills, or a delay in receiving benefits could easily mean families need help from the foodbank.
The foodbank has launched a 200 Club in a bid to be financially self-sufficient and asks whether you could help by giving £3 a month to help people who find themselves in need.
“If 200 people gave £3 a month then the foodbank would be financially self-sufficient. Grant funding is becoming extremely difficult to obtain and having a successful ’200 Club’ would mean an end to the stress of applying for grants,” said manager Sharon Burt.
There’s more about the 200 Club on the Uckfield Foodbank website.
• A cheque for £290 has recently been presented to Uckfield Foodbank by Tansy Blaik-Kelly of Turning Tide Pilates. The money was raised through a Christmas raffle.
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