didcot emergency food bank news
"A Swansea food bank has run out of supplies, with volunteers making an urgent appeal to help restock it. They believe the end of the school year has seen families struggle without the free dinners provided."
This was a headline on the BBC News website on 30th July, and indeed we have seen the same high demand here in Didcot during the summer holidays. Having just done the figures for this month, they show that we have issued food for 199 people in August, as opposed to 93 and 96 in the same month in 2015 and 2016. To date, food has been issued for 1421 people this year so far, whereas in 2015 it was 1150 for the whole year!
Happily we have been able to keep stock levels high enough to meet the need, thanks to our donors of food, and increasingly, money, which we now need to buy in tins of staples like veg fruit and meat together with pasta, rice, UHT milk. The "mountains" of soup, baked beans and pasta that we previously held in stock are now a thing of the past, and we operate in "just in time" mode: all types of tinned and packet food are now most welcome.
Those of you who received our last news email on 18th May won't be too surprised by this, and thank you for all the help you have given. It's a pity that we can't also effectively thank the general public, who have donated an average of 108 food items per week since May via the collection boxes kindly provided by Sainsburys.
One of the great things we have been able to do in recent months is give good quantities of bread, fresh fruit and veg each week, courtesy of SOFEA and Tesco.
We look forward to a busy autumn, which has traditionally brought in harvest festival produce from local schools and churches.
Best wishes from the Didcot Emergency Foodbank Team.
If you are able to help support the foodbank, please leave donations in All Saints' or St Matthew's. Thank you.