2,800 fed by N. Bristol foodbank

June 27 2014

OVER 2,800 people were fed by a foodbank in north Bristol last year - two-thousand more than the previous year. And it is thought that this number is set to grow.

OVER 2,800 people were fed by a foodbank in north Bristol last year - two-thousand more than the previous year. And it is thought that this number is set to grow.

Stewart North, co-founder of the North Bristol Foodbank, previously told the Bishopston Voice that the reliance on food banks is going to increase over the next three to five years, due to changes in the welfare system.

Low income, delays and changes to benefits, redundancy, ill health, debt and homelessness are thought to be the main causes for people seeking support from local foodbanks.

A spokesperson for the North Bristol Foodbank said: "It has been a really busy year at the foodbank. It's been so hard to hear the stories of people who are referred to us but we are pleased to be in a position to respond to their needs, support them, and signpost to other support so they leave with some hope that their situation can change."

The foodbank - which supports families and individuals from Horfield, Lockleaze, Filton, Patchway, Southmead and Bradley Stoke - has partnered up with 103 care professionals who can issue clients with foodbank vouchers, dependent on their needs.

One voucher provides enough food for three days, and clients can receive a maximum of three foodbank vouchers in a row. Longer term support is available in exceptional circumstances.

On a national scale, 913,138 people were given three days' emergency care from 2013-14 - triple the number of people that were provided with support the previous year.

There are now 423 Trussell Trust foodbanks which have launched across the country, with two new foodbanks opening every week to meet the demand for food.

The North Bristol Foodbank - which opened its doors in July 2012 - relies on food donated by the public. Around 28.8 tonnes were contributed last financial year.

Food is donated weekly at Revive Charity Shop on Filton Avenue, as well as several other collection points around north Bristol. There are also quarterly supermarket collections.

For more information about the North Bristol Foodbank, visit: northbristol.foodbank.org.uk

North Bristol Foodbank volunteers