Uckfield Foodbank is on the move and from next Tuesday (August 25) will be found at The Source, The Hub, Civic Approach, Uckfield.
The charity has been based in the King’s Centre and supported by King’s Church for the past two years but the church has now vacated the building. There’s more about that move here: King’s Chuch ready to complete move from Grange Road, Uckfield.
Foodbank project manager Sharon Burt said: “We are extremely thankful to the King’s Church for all their support during this time and we wish them well in their new ventures.”
Uckfield Foodbank will now be working closely with Uckfield Baptist Church and is renting The Source from them.
Sharon said the venue was in an ideal location, central and easy for clients to access.
More than 530 people, including 210 children, have been helped by the charity in the past 12 months.
Sharon said delays to benefit payments continued to be the main reason people needed help. Changes to benefits and low income were the other two main reasons.
She added: “Clients are telling us that they are having to appeal benefit decisions and during this time their benefits are stopped. This means that for six weeks, or longer, they have no money coming in.
“Families who are eligible for free school meals find their already tight budgets come under further strain during school holidays.
“Sickness and hospital stays also cause problems with incomes. These are just a few of the reasons why households find themseves in financial difficulties.”
Sharon said that with the community of Uckfield giving support through food donations and time to volunteer with the organisation the foodbank was able to continue helping those in need.
If you are experiencing problems with your income and are finding it difficult to feed your family Uckfield Foodbank can help. Visit Uckfield Citizen’s Advice Bureau, at the bottom of Luxford Car Park and ask about a foodbank voucher.