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Demand for food parcels in Hambleton rockets

Published on Tuesday, 19th May 2020

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A scheme which provides emergency food parcels for people facing temporary financial hardship has seen the need for parcels rocket due to the current COVID19 situation.

Last month Hambleton FoodShare more than quadrupled the amount of parcels it distributed compared to the same month the previous year – April 2019 saw it give out 70 parcels but this April it distributed 312.

“We are seeing a steady rise each month,” said Chairman Michal Webster.

“Since lockdown started the need for parcels is growing and we are seeing people coming for parcels who say they thought they would never be in such a desperate plight that they had to rely upon a foodbank.

“We are meeting the need due to the amazing generosity of the communities it serves who are continuing to donate despite the number of collection points which have had to close as they were in building which are temporarily shut and also to a larger intake of cash donations from individuals, organisations and companies.

“Our co-ordinator Alison Grainger together with our dedicated team of volunteers are doing a wonderful job and ensuring those in need are getting the help they need. Sadly we do not expect the need for parcels to decrease for many months.”

Non-perishable food can still be left in Northallerton at: Sainsburys,  the customer services desk in Tesco  and in the porch at the Willow Beck Pub and Restaurant after  12 noon    and in Bedale at donation points in Tesco and the Co-op.

The community led partnership provides a three day food parcel to people in immediate financial crisis -through unemployment, incapacity or a delay in benefit payment. The volunteer-led food store is open every Monday between 4pm and 6pm at The Living room, Garthway Arcade in Northallerton.

To receive emergency food help customers must be able to demonstrate their need, primarily by being referred through an agency or by self-referral.

For further information or for cash donations:  please call 07514244158 or [email protected]  or visit www.hambletonfoodshare.org.uk