Food collected to help people living in poverty

Hailsham foodbank collection JPSE
Hailsham foodbank collection JPSE

More than 1,500kgs of food was collected at Tesco in Hailsham over the weekend which will be donated to the town’s foodbank.

C ustomers at the store in North Street were given a foodbank shopping listby a Hailsham Foodbank volunteer and asked to buy an item of non-perishable food from the list.

They were then asked to donate it to the foodbank which saw a massive 1,511.6kgs of food collected, which is worth around £2,540.

Malcolm Richards, Hailsham Foodbank manager said he wanted to say a ‘massive thank you’ to the community.

He said: “With poverty levels in parts of the local area reaching 35% the need for the Foodbank is not diminishing so such a generous response from local people has given stocks a much needed boost to meet the ever growing need.

“On behalf of the Foodbank I wanted to say thank you to all those who donated food and their time for this local charity.”

Tesco will ‘Top Up’ the amount raised by 30 per cent meaning further items can be purchased in the future when the need arises.

Staff at the store also gave up their time to help with collection and Malcom said he wanted to thank Lynn, the Community Champion, Shona and Julie.

Volunteers who helped with the collection came from the local churches and their ranks were boosted by members of the Hailsham Rotary Club.

Since opening last October over 725 people in crisis have been fed by the Hailsham Foodbank.

A report by the Sussex Express last month showed how 35 per cent of children in Hailsham East are living below the povety line. The figures released by children’s charity Campaign to End Child Poverty also showed that 24 per cent of children are in poverty in Hailsham South and West and 11 per cent are in poverty in Hailsham central and North. The overall figure for children living in poverty in the Wealden District is 12 per cent.

East Sussex County Council said it was releasing a full strategy later this year to help tackle the problem.

At the moment care agencies identify people who in need and issue a voucher which can be exchanged at the Foodbank for three days’ worth of emergency food whilst the agency seek to find a long term solution to the crisis. The charity said nearly half of those fed are children under the age of 16.

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