1,374 people (adults and children) received three days' emergency food and support from Gillingham Foodbank in the last financial year, a 5.3% increase compared with 2012-13.
Static incomes, rising living costs, low pay, welfare changes and delays in processing benefits and associated matters are among the factors which have contributed to this.
Hannah Gibbons, Foodbank Project Manager, commented: "Life can be very difficult for people on low incomes at the moment. Increasing numbers are struggling to make ends meet, and are facing a crisis in which they cannot afford to put food on the table."
"We're so grateful for the continued amazing generosity of local people, schools, businesses, charities, churches and other organisations in donating food, funds and time to help people who find themselves in this position." Hannah added: "It is fantastic to see the relief on the faces of clients we have been able to help - and so many have been greatly heartened by the feeling that others care."
In the last twelve months local people have donated nearly twenty tonnes of food, and over seventy volunteers are involved in providing the service across the Blackmore Vale.
An interview with one of our clients about the difficulties she has recently faced and how the foodbank was able to help her appeared on the BBC evening news this April, and three clients spoke at a recent Church Action on Poverty meeting in Gillingham at the end of March.
To everyone who has expressed their care for others in the community by supporting the Foodbank in any way, and making the provision of this help to those in crisis possible - thank you so much!
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