Feeding the needy
News Staff Reporter ELCHE Red Cross have detected an increase in requests for food from residents in the town.
This year alone, they have attended to 2,500 people, a 20% increase over the 1,969 people last year. They shared out 100,000 kilos of food, which didn't quite cover the demand.
In the majority of cases, Elche Red Cross deliver food to families in need every three months, but on many occasions the food doesn't even last a month.
With others, the non-perishables last longer, while some only need help during a set period and then they don’t require more help.
Nowadays there are more and more families that need continuous help, as long-term unemployed family members finish their dole and they no longer have any income.
The families are also provided with cash so they can buy fresh meat and fish, and help is provided if necessary to pay electricity and water bills.
Every night from 20.00 onwards, volunteers go out taking food, mainly sandwiches and buns, to around 50 homeless people who sleep on the streets. And now with the colder weather, they will be providing them with a hot meal.
The lists of people requiring help are drawn up with the help of Elche Social Services.
Those requiring help can also go directly to the Red Cross centre in Calle Gabriel y Galan, no 33.
Three technicians and 80 volunteers collaborate with the Red Cross "Social Emergency" programme.
Cáritas also provides a service to those in need, so in reality the amount of people who receive help is well over the figure of 2,500.