Foodbank emergency appeal over fears it could run out of food
- Credit: Simon Parkin
A foodbank network that covers south Norfolk has issued an emergency appeal for donations with dwindling stocks meaning they could run out in two months.
Waveney Foodbank said with an average of 10 people being referred to its services every day it is currently distributing nearly a tonne of food per week but only receiving 1.5 tonnes a month in donations at its warehouse at Brome, near Eye.
Operations manager Matthew Scade said: "So instead of holding on average 11 tons of food this has dropped to four and a half tons. It means unless donations increase dramatically over the next six to eight weeks we will have run out of food by the end of August.
"We have never seen it so low. We have actually cutting down on the amount of food each client gets because we are having to keep everything to a bare minimum."
The service, part of The Trussell Trust's national network of foodbanks that provide emergency food and support to people in crisis, covers towns on both sides of the Norfolk-Suffolk border, with distribution centres in Diss, Harleston, Long Stratton, Bungay, Beccles, Halesworth, and villages around and between Eye to Laxfield and Wickham Market to Framlingham.
Mr Scade said demand was outstripping supply due to increasing numbers of people being referred and seeking help from the service.
"We started in 2012 feeding 80 people, but over the last 10 weeks we are now up to over 1,000," he said. "The factors are the Universal Credit six week wait, rising rent costs, private rental especially, rising cost of living that means many people are just one big bill away from being wiped out.
- 1 'Squatter' couple become legal owners of land as saga continues
- 2 Broads pub once visited by Chelsea players shuts for good
- 3 Tributes to 'kind and caring' Norwich man with a love of chess and walking
- 4 'Like touching grim reaper's nose': Teenager lucky to be alive after crash
- 5 Bid to build 70-bed care home and 24 affordable houses
- 6 Norfolk's oldest woman dies, aged 110
- 7 Norfolk car dealership and MOT centre named among best in the country
- 8 Body found in woods near Mildenhall
- 9 Fire crews called to house fire in north Norfolk
- 10 Fury at bikers' who rode over dead seal pup
"People assume it is people on benefits but it isn't. Not even a third of our clients are on full-time benefits, over half are in full-time work but they just miss that threshold for benefits."
While the warehouse has enough soup, baked beans and cereals, there are fast dwindling stocks of pasta sauces, fruit juice, tinned fruit, vegetables and tomatoes, instant noodles and rice, puddings and jam, with just three jars left this week.
The service hopes to boost donations at its network of collection points.
Mr Scade said: "Any Morrisons, Tesco or Co-Op and 99pc of local churches have a collection point. Every town in South Norfolk has one of them, or people can do an online shop and get it delivered to us here at the warehouse or they can donate shopping vouchers.
"We really need to ask all our donors to be as generous as they possibly can be, to help us through this unprecidented crisis."
- Full details of how to help can be found at Waveney Foodbank