Food­bank re­ports in­crease in goods sup­plied to lo­cal peo­ple

Carmarthen Journal - - News -

CAR­MARTHEN Food­bank pro­vided 1,150 three day emer­gency food sup­plies to lo­cal peo­ple be­tween April and Septem­ber this year.

Of this num­ber, 413 went to chil­dren.

The food­bank, a mem­ber of the Trus­sell Trust’s net­work, has re­ported a UK-wide in­crease in food­bank use.

The trust is con­cerned more fam­i­lies will need help over the next six months of the year, as the colder weather hits.

Judy Pawluk, Food­bank Man­ager of Car­marthen Food­bank, said: “It’s a real con­cern that in only six months we’ve pro­vided 1,150 emer­gency sup­plies to lo­cal peo­ple. These fig­ures don’t even cover our busiest time of year. As the colder weather draws in, we often find more peo­ple need­ing our help.

“It’s not right that any­one in the Car­marthen area is be­ing forced to turn to our food­bank. Our vol­un­teers of­fer vi­tal sup­port when it mat­ters most, but they should not need to. We want to see an end to lo­cal peo­ple need­ing emer­gency food. We’re de­ter­mined to make sure that un­til that time comes, emer­gency help is here for peo­ple, but there needs to be some long-term change be­cause we don’t want to be here for­ever.”

The food­bank based in John­stown, is par­tic­u­larly in need of long life milk, mashed potato and bis­cuits, snacks and crisps.

The char­ity has asked for fes­tive do­na­tions to be do­nated in early De­cem­ber at the lat­est, to en­sure vol­un­teers have enough time to process and dis­trib­ute these do­na­tions to peo­ple be­fore Christ­mas.

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