Thanks for helping stop hunger in our community
Scunthorpe Foodbank is a much-needed initiative to help North Lincolnshire people in situations of short-term crisis to feed themselves and their families.
Hunger is not just a third world problem but exists in our own community in North Lincolnshire.
Scunthorpe Baptist Church is proud to be in partnership with the Trussell Trust to run Scunthorpe Foodbank and is honoured to be part of the national Foodbank network, feeding local people in need.
There are now well over 200 Foodbanks across the UK, which fed nearly 129,000 people over the 12 months up to March 31, an increase of nearly 100 per cent from the previous year.
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Iain Drysdale, operations manager for Scunthorpe Baptist Church, said: "The response to Foodbank in Scunthorpe during the past two years has been wonderful.
"We want to say a huge thank you to all the many local groups and individuals that have supported Foodbank since it started in 2010.
"The Foodbank relies solely on donations of food from the community – we can only do what we do through the generosity of the local community.
"Thank you to anyone who has donated to us, by whatever means, since we began distributing food.
"Recently, we have seen a big increase in the number of people being referred to our distribution sessions and I think this is a reflection of the difficult situations that people are facing at the moment.
"There are now more than 30 local organisations holding our food vouchers who can refer people to us if they feel a food parcel is something that can help someone's current situation.
"We are very clear about what Foodbank does.
"We want to help people in short term crisis, where a solution will be found in the short term but they don't have enough money at the moment to buy food for themselves or their family.
"There are many fantastic local organisations that are able to provide longer-term support for people who need it.
"But the focus of Foodbank is short term support when someone's situation may be particularly hard."
The Foodbank parcels provide three days of emergency food, or enough food to make ten meals.
Since July 2010, Scunthorpe Foodbank has fed just over 2,500 local adults and children.
The reasons why people are referred to the Foodbank continue to be varied.
It may be a delay in benefits, a loss of a job or a sudden household expenditure that leaves people unable to afford to buy food.
Sadly, the number of people being forced to make the choice between paying their household bills and buying food is also increasing.
The Foodbank continues to be a vital part of meeting the needs of the people in North Lincolnshire who find themselves in need.
And it is our hope we can continue to meet this need going forward.
Should you wish to donate some food to Scunthorpe Foodbank or find out any further information about its work, e-mail foodbank@ scunthorpebaptist.co.uk or call 01724 848388.
Please note that the Foodbank is only able to accept referrals for food parcels from local front-line care organisations which hold Foodbank vouchers.