Ashby Foodbank says it has seen a 50 per cent increase in families looking for help over the past 12 months

By Graham Hill

14th Jul 2022 | Local News

Ashby Foodbank says its stocks are 'very, very low'. Image: Dreamstime
Ashby Foodbank says its stocks are 'very, very low'. Image: Dreamstime

Ashby Foodbank has called for more support after admitting its stock levels are 'very, very low'.

At a time when the cost of living crisis is hitting the public hard, foodbanks are becoming increasingly in demand.

But Ashby Foodbank says the amount of families asking for help as risen by 50 per cent in one year.

A social media post from Ashby Foodbank reads: "The Foodbank continues to be busier than we have ever been, and our stock levels are very, very low.

"In June we helped out 71 families which is nearly 50 per cent up on June last year.

"We gave out 1.8 tonnes of food and had 1.3 tonnes in from either donations or bought stock.

"We would like to thank everyone who supports us in anyway we really do appreciate it."

Ashby foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust Network of foodbanks.

The Ashby foodbank serves a wide area and people using the it are referred by professionals who hold foodbank vouchers.

The Foodbank has issued a shopping list for July which reads:

• Tinned carrots, sweetcorn or peas

• Instant mash

• Long life fruit juice

• Tinned hot meat such as chicken in white sauce, beef stew or meatballs

• Pasta sauce

• Packet or tinned custard

• Instant coffee

• Tea

• Tinned fruit

• Washing tablets

• Washing up liquid

• Shampoo

• Bars of soap

Donations can be left in the boxes in the porches of Holy Trinity Church, the Congregational Church or in the boxes in the Co-ops in and around Ashby - and at Sainsbury's in Melbourne.

     

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