Michelle Thew, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Bexhill and Battle, expressed concern following a visit to Bexhill’s foodbank run by Churches Together in Bexhill.
Michelle met with Simon Earl, who leads the project which is sustained by local donations, and volunteers. They outlined reasons why local families have become dependent on the foodbank.
With almost 2,000 visits in the last year, demand is growing and Michelle was “shocked” to learn that around a third of these visits was to feed children in Bexhill.
Over 900,000 people in the UK have turned to foodbanks in the last year, according to figures from the Trussell Trust, the organisation that partners with CTIB to operate the Foodbank.
The Trussell Trust states that “rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, underemployment and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers are being referred to foodbanks for emergency food”, reasons echoed by the volunteers at the Bexhill Foodbank, as they explained to Michelle the rise in demand from local families.
Michelle also learned that plans are underway to open a second foodbank in Battle to cope with the demand from residents in Battle and surrounding areas. Collection baskets can be found in all four churches in Battle and anyone wishing to donate/volunteer for that effort should contact Elaine Murray on email@example.com.
Michelle’s visit was part of a programme of support from the Women’s Section of Bexhill and Battle Labour Party who visited with her to deliver books to the Foodbank, for World Book Night, as reported last week’s issue.