Scunthorpe Baptist Church group helps feed the 3,000
MORE than 3,000 people in Scunthorpe have been given assistance to fill their cupboards, new figures reveal.
Officials at the Scunthorpe Foodbank, which is managed by the Scunthorpe Baptist Church, say they have now passed the 3,000 mark, 18 months after setting up the group.
And officials say welfare reforms will make the situation worse.
Helen Armstrong, implementation and resources manager at Scunthorpe Baptist Church, said: "It is normal to see an increase of people in need at this time of year and we are prepared for it.
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"We have been grateful to the number of local churches and schools who have donated as part of their Harvest Festival celebrations.
"This equated to around 2.5 tonnes of food."
Scunthorpe Foodbank recently took part in the Help Feed People In Need campaign organised by Trussell Trust and Tesco.
In addition, at the beginning of December, customers at the Tesco Extra in Scunthorpe donated over 3,000 meals.
Ms Armstrong said: "Clients are allowed three food parcels in any given crisis, and we carefully monitor to ensure that people are not taking advantage of the service.
"In 2012, our latest figures show we fed almost 1,760.
"As a result of Government benefit reforms, we are already seeing an increase in the number of people coming to us for help in short-term crisis, and we expect this to increase in April next year when the full force of these changes will be felt."
The foodbank has collected 9.6 tonnes of food this year and has given out 9.5 tonnes.
Ms Armstrong said: "Foodbank is a community project affording opportunity for the community to be engaged in giving and serving.
"Every item of food donated goes directly to feed those in crisis, so essentially we see the people of North Lincolnshire feeding the people of North Lincolnshire."
The foodbank is manned by volunteers, keeping overhead costs restricted to warehouse rental and basic equipment costs.
Ms Armstrong said: "Without donations of both food and money, we would not be able to meet the need of those in crisis in our town.
"Scunthorpe Foodbank continues to be overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of North Lincolnshire and would like to extend its thanks to all who have supported us in 2012."
Donations of non-perishable food can be dropped off at Scunthorpe Baptist Church, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe. To make a financial donation text Food10 £(amount) to 70070.
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