Food­bank life­line feeds 150 peo­ple

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­ prob­lems, but yet they were all there at the food­bank.”

A re­cent re­port by South East MEP Keith Tay­lor re­vealed a 60% in­crease in peo­ple us­ing the char­ity in 2013 com­pared to 2012.

Mr Tay­lor said: “Food­banks are a life­line to those in need and, sadly, one of Bri­tain’s boom­ing in­dus­tries. Across the South East de­mand for emer­gency food is soar­ing while peo­ple’s wages stag­nate and the cost of liv­ing shoots up.

“This re­port re­veals a shame­ful side of the Bri­tish econ­omy that the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to hide. In the sixth largest econ­omy in the world no one should be re­ly­ing on emer­gency food hand­outs at Christ­mas, it’s a na­tional disgrace.”

The Ash­ford Food­bank, based at 2 Mable­don Av­enue, in Willes­bor­ough, pro­vides three days’ emer­gency food for peo­ple in a cri­sis.

Non-per­ish­able food do­na­tions are al­ways needed.

To con­tact the Food­bank, which is part of The Trus­sell Trust, visit www.ash­ford­food­ or call 07504 629395.

The Rev Bob Wel­don

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