Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, 1528 three day emergency food supplies were given out to local people in crisis by Stamford and Oundle Foodbank, compared to 1058 in the previous year. Of this number, 507 went to children.
In April last year Stamford Foodbank joined with local Churches in Oundle to open a foodbank centre there. Together Stamford and Oundle foodbank have seen a 44 % increase in the number of food supplies given out last year compared to the previous year.
In the Stamford centre alone we have seen an increase of 37%, providing a total of 1446 food supplies to local people.
Our Stamford Household Essentials Project (SHEP) has also seen a significant increase in demand, providing essentials for 119 clients last year. This is an increase of 142% on the previous year.
Stamford and Oundle Foodbank are members of The Trussell Trust’s network which has reported a UK-wide increase in foodbank use over the last year. We believe the local increase is due to people struggling with low income and continued issues with benefit payments.
We want to see an end to local people needing emergency food and basic essentials. We believe that this is possible, with a benefits system that catches people before they fall into crisis, and secure work that provides people with enough money to cover the cost of essentials. But until that time, we will continue to provide vital support when it matters most. Stamford and Oundle Foodbank are dedicated to ensuring that people in our communities with no money for food are able to access emergency support. This has only been possible in the last year because of the incredible generosity shown by local people in donating food, time and funds. We thank you.