THE DEMAND for emergency parcels from NewStarts foodbank has increased dramatically in the last three months with a 2,237 per cent rise.
From March to May last year 80 food parcels were given out, feeding 164 people and providing 1,476 meals.
In the same period this year 640 food parcels were provided to 1,834 people, providing 33,012 meals.
The charity’s main focus is usually providing free furniture to those who need it but the foodbank has now become its main operation and parcels now contain fresh meat, vegetables, fruit, butter, milk, eggs and cheese.
Chief executive Marion Kenyon said she was incredibly thankful to everyone who had helped NewStarts.
“The team has been incredible, including our new volunteers who have been delivering food parcels – without them we just couldn’t do it.”
She added even though some things were returning to normal, individuals and families were still facing incredible challenges and NewStarts would be there for those who needed help.
The charity is a member of the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) which, together with the Trussell Trust, has seen a 175 per cent increase in the number of food parcels provided across the UK in April 2020, compared to the same month last year.