Hardly a Christmas you’d want to remember

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Foodbanks offer a lifeline to those who find themselves in crisis

Facing Christmas with little or no money and struggling to make ends meet can be the reality for many. Unable to afford food to make a decent hot meal, let alone presents, is a very daunting time for too many. This Christmas some found it hard to make ends meet, struggling to pay bills, and had to decide between eating and warming a room in the house. It can be a difficult time, with the prospect of delicious treats and luxurious presents out of the question.

Sadly, this was the reality for many and this is why we need your help. It is our mission to help to transform the prospects of people who are living in hardship.  We are asking for your help so that our network of foodbanks can support those struggling, not just at Christmas but all year round.

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A staggering fourteen million people live in poverty* in the UK. This time of year puts even more demands on finances. With cupboards almost bare, many are faced with rationing the last of their food supplies. With nothing left to pay for even the essential groceries, a modest Christmas dinner was out of the question, leaving no choice but to make up a meal from the basics they had left. Yes, something like beans on toast may be tasty, nutritious and affordable, and can even be a little treat when you don’t want to cook a big meal, but would hardly be a Christmas dinner you’d want to remember.

Unfortunately this year brings added concern with the roll out of Universal Credit. Latest statistics show that the situation is worsening by its impact. Our mid-year stats, which were released in November, show that foodbanks in areas of full rollout for six months or more have seen a 30% average increase. These figures are concerning, especially as in the months leading up to Christmas we will see the number of foodbanks in areas of full Universal Credit service triple.

Furthermore, our figures show that from April to September this year there was an increase of 13% in the number of food parcels given out compared to the same period last year, where the increase was 3%. This, along with the accelerating rollout of Universal Credit, means that the Foodbank Network is on course to distribute a record number of food parcels in 2017-18 by some margin.

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*Figures from The Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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Lucy Duffy, Foodbank Manager

“Christmas can be such a tough time for people. Not only do many of our clients have to choose between either heating their homes or putting food on the table, but there can be added pressure on social isolation around this time of year. It’s therefore always heart-warming to see how the local community comes together to support each other by volunteering and donating.”

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Our hope for 2018 is to be here for everyone who needs us, and with increasing numbers of people predicted to need our support in the coming months, we need your help more than ever to give hope to everyone coming through the door of a foodbank.

Please donate today to help those in crisis.

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