Foodbank use “likely to soar”

November 29 2013

THE North Bristol Foodbank will be looking for volunteers this December to help sort food arriving from businesses, churches and schools.

THE North Bristol Foodbank will be looking for volunteers this December to help sort food arriving from businesses, churches and schools.
Trussell Trust, which runs the food banks nationwide, believes that this Christmas, the need for foodbanks is "likely to soar".
Last year, the national food provider gave emergency supplies to over 20,000 people during the two-week Christmas period. This year, Trussell Trust believe that this number will triple.
Stewart North, co-founder of the North Bristol Foodbank said: "We are currrently feeding between 80-100 people on a weekly basis as we approach the colder winter months.
"People are going to geniunely have to make a choice between heating and eating which seems ridiculous in the UK in 2013.
"With the energy price rises there is huge pressure on individuals and families to try and feed themselves."

A campaign has also been launched, calling on businesses to dress festive for foodbanks. Local businesses are being asked to dress in red and green for the day to raise funds for the foodbank over Christmas.
A 'Dress Festive for Christmas' poster will be available on the North Bristol Foodbank website for businesses to download, and pledge how much they wish to raise.
There are currently three outlets operating throughout North Bristol: Ebenezer Church in Horfield, Revive charity shop in Filton and a new branch at Greenway Centre in Southmead.

For those interested in volunteering this Christmas at the North Bristol Foodbank, contact: info@northbristol.foodbank.org.uk or for more information, visit: www.northbristol.foodbank.org.uk.