Wednesday, 08 August 2018 15:22

Feeding Time

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Wow well what a hot summer we've been having! What better time than now to fire up the barbecue and invite a few friends round for some food and drinks?

Sadly not everyone is so lucky so today we're going to spare a thought for those who need a little bit of help and the organisations who are helping to provide emergency food supplies to some of the most vulnerable in our society.

A recent article in The Guardian highlighted the plight of families struggling to feed their children during the summer holidays. The Trussell Trust said an increase in food bank use over the summer was driven by a rise in demand by children, as it released figures from its network of food banks across the country. The public are asked to donate to their local food bank during the summer holidays owing to increasing demand from families who rely on free school meals during term time. 

And in another article by The Metro the vital work carried out by Lowestoft Foodbank was recently highlighted.  The foodbank helped a 76 year old recently widowed pensioner with food parcels after her pension benefits were accidentally stopped.  Fortunately a kind member of the public brought her plight to their attention and they helped with food parcels for her and her pets whilst her benefits were restarted.

Here on CommunitySpaceBook we support and feature the work carried out by foodbanks and other organisations who help to feed people.  Recently we featured Fareshare who redistribute surplus food to charities and community groups, including homeless hostels, childrens breakfast clubs, lunch clubs for older people, domestic violence refuges and community cafés and these groups turn it into meals for vulnerable people.

We also recently featured Redditch Foodbank who don’t think anyone in their community should have to face going hungry.  This is why they provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

These are just a small selection of organisations who are helping to feed people in our society.  I'm not going to even start to look into the reasons why in our wealthy, modern day society there are people who we fail to provide the basic necessity of food for, but I am glad there are so many fantastic people who are willing to help.  If you wish to support your local foodbank please volunteer your time or donate goods.  Most foodbanks have local food collection points and provide a list of suitable products you can give.

Enjoy your summer!

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