Foodbank provides around 4,500 meals in Uckfield

Uckfield foodbank
Uckfield foodbank

Uckfield Foodbank has provided more than 4,500 meals to 510 people since it opened one year ago.

The foodbank provides nutritionally balanced food to people living in crisis and this year received 12,445kg of food in donations from the community.

A spokesman for the foodbank said the main reasons that people are using the foodbank are delays in receiving benefits, low income and benefit changes.

Sharon Burt, foodbank project manager, said: “We had our busiest month in August with 49 adults and 42 children using the foodbank. Half way through the school holidays parents on low income find it difficult to feed the family and buy new school uniforms and everything else that is needed for the start of the new school year. Over the last eight years UK food prices have risen by 43.5 percent, forcing 40 per cent of low income households into having to choose between ‘heat or eat’.”

The foodbank has supplied meals to 510 people, including 294 adults and 216 children. Each person receives three days’ worth of food, enough for three meals per day. Clients using the food bank come from Uckfield and the surrounding villages.

Trustee Ian Noble said: “We’ve had three great collection weekends at Tesco, eight schools gave their Harvest Festival collection to us, churches, shops and GP surgeries in the town collect for us – it’s fantastic the support we are getting.”

The foodbank thanked East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council and Uckfield Town Council for grants.