Feed­ing the needy

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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.

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