A lifeline service for people living in crisis has been shortlisted for a £3,000 grant but it needs your vote to secure the fund.
Hailsham Foodbank on George Street distributes emergency food and provides support to people in crisis.
There are currently 30 per cent of children living in poverty in parts of Hailsham according to statistics released earlier this year from the Campaign to End Child Poverty.
If enough people vote for the foodbank, it has a chance of winning a £3,000 grant from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2013 which will go towards helping people living in poverty.
Malcolm Richards, who is manager of the foodbank, said: “We have been open just a year and in that time have fed 1,011 people, 407 of which were children under the age of 16 years. The main reasons people need the foodbank have been changes to the benefit system, low wages and debts that have become unmanageable.
“Non-perishible food is donated by the community, volunteers sort the food. Frontline care professionals such as doctors, the CAB and social workers, give foodbank vouchers to people in crisis. The vouchers are exchanged for food at the foodbank. In addition Foodbank volunteers take time to listen and signpost clients to further support.
“I would say that The Lloyds Bank Community Fund will make a huge difference to the Hailsham Foodbank by enabling us to purchase much needed shelving in the foodbank warehouse, making a difference to the work of the volunteers and thereby to the lives of hundreds of vulnerable people in Hailsham.
“Please vote for Hailsham Foodbank to benefit from the Community Fund award.”
The Community Fund website will profile each community group on the shortlist, allowing the public to cast their votes online on its website. Voters can search for Hailsham Foodbank using the Community Map.
To cast your vote visit the Lloyds Bank Community Fund website at: www.lloydsbank.com/communityfund.
You can also vote by text message. Voters need to text the word VOTECMRD to 61119 charged at the mobile phone users’ standard message rate.
Only one vote per community group, per mobile phone number is allowed to ensure fair play.
You can also vote in Lloyds branches. Customers can cast their vote with a token into a voting stand when they visit the branch.
Visitors to branches should approach the enquiry desk, if the branch has one, or an available member of staff to ask for a voting token.
Voting closes on November 1.