Foodbank reports increase in goods supplied to local people
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.