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25th April 2017

New Figures Show 1,137 Emergency Food Supplies Given to Local People by Widnes Foodbank in Last Year

Volunteers pack a parcel
  • 1,137 three day emergency food supplies given to local people in crisis by Widnes Foodbank in 2016-17 – over 800 went to children
  • Latest statistics published by The Trussell Trust foodbank network show UK-wide foodbank figures are still not decreasing
  • Local increase due to people struggling with continued issues surrounding benefit payments, low wages, and insecure work.

Over 1,130 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Widnes foodbank during 2016-17, compared to 911 in 2015-16. The top three reasons for foodbank referral were: benefit delay 32%, benefit change 27%, and low income 15%.

Over the last year, local people have donated 22,260kgs of food to Widnes Foodbank, and over 150 people currently volunteer. Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support to the foodbank, enabling us to give three days’ nutritionally balanced food and support to people in crisis.

As well as providing emergency food, Widnes Foodbank provides essentials like washing powder, nappies and sanitary products to families who are struggling, as well as signposting them to other services in the local area.

Clare Bedford, Project Co-ordinator of Widnes Foodbank said:

“It is deeply concerning that we are still seeing an increase in the number of three day emergency food supplies provided to local people in crisis in Widnes over the last year.  

“Anybody could find themselves in need of the foodbank. Every week people are referred to us after being hit by something unavoidable – such as illness, a delay in a benefit payment or an unexpected bill – means food is simply unaffordable. It really is only with the community’s support that we’re able to provide vital emergency help when it matters most, and we hope that one day there will be no need for us in Widnes. But until that day comes, we will continue to offer the best possible service to help local people facing a crisis. Thank you so much to everyone in Widnes who already donates time, food and money to help local people.”