Residents urged to support North Bristol Foodbank’s Christmas appeal
By Keri Beckingham READERS of the Bishopston Voice are being asked to support North Bristol Foodbank’s Christmas appeal, after it was announced that 1,898 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis between 1 April and 30 September 2017, compared to 1,735 the same period in the previous year.
By Keri Beckingham
READERS of the Bishopston Voice are being asked to support North Bristol Foodbank’s Christmas appeal, after it was announced that 1,898 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis between 1 April and 30 September 2017, compared to 1,735 the same period in the previous year. The foodbank, a member of The Trussell Trust’s network, believes the local increase is due to people struggling with continued issues with benefit payments, low wages, insecure work and people having difficulties with debt.
In the months leading up to Christmas, The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network traditionally sees a spike in foodbank use due to factors such as cold weather, high energy bills, and referral agencies ensuring that people who are likely to hit crisis have food ahead of Christmas Day. As a result North Bristol Foodbank, whose office is based at Ebenezer Church in Horfield, is asking the community to help them prepare for their busiest time of year by donating urgently needed food items at one of its supermarket collection points across the area.
Speaking of the support that North Bristol Foodbank needs at this time of year, Jon Dobson, Foodbank Manager said:
“It’s really worrying that we are still seeing an increase in the need for emergency food across North Bristol. We currently are in particular need of some items that we might be able to pass on to people at Christmas time who might struggle to afford anything special, such as selection boxes, Christmas puddings or sponge puddings, boxes of chocolates, biscuits, and so on. We are also in need of general non-perishable items to cope with what could be a busier season as the weather gets colder and heating costs can stretch people's budgets.
“We heard that from last year's Christmas appeal, one individual was really worried about going to see their family on Christmas Day and having nothing to bring along to contribute or to give as a gift. But in a package that they received from the foodbank there was a box of chocolates that their support worker encouraged them to take along. The support worker told us that simple box of chocolates really helped them get across the door to see their family, and it made a massive difference to how they spent last Christmas.”
To find the location of your nearest North Bristol Foodbank food collection point and make a donation to their Christmas appeal, visit their website: https://northbristol.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/