Maltby Foodbank launched

Yesterday, Food AWARE and partner organisation launched a new foodbank which will offer parcels of food to people in need from the day centre on Addison Road at Maltby (click here for a map). It is the closest service of this kind to the Wickersley ward, although a number of other food banks also operate in other parts of Rotherham.

We understand that the service will operate between 11am and 1pm on Wednesday lunch times. Those who can afford it will be asked for a £2.50 contribution towards the boxes.

Sadly we know that an increasing number of people require this kind of service. The Trussell Trust, who run a network of foodbanks across the country, estimated that nearly 300,000 people would need to access them in 2012/13. It is a shocking figure and one of a number of alarming indicators about the state of the economy and the welfare system. With Tory welfare reforms looming over the next few weeks, and some people with very low incomes set to lose a substantial amount of their support, we are very concerned that many more people will need emergency help. The Maltby service really could be a lifeline.

Food AWARE have kindly been helping the Wickersley ward councillors to assist one local resident who has been in financial difficulties and Cllr Emma Hoddinott attended the launch to show our support for their new venture. We will continue to look to see if there is more that we might be able to do to support the scheme in future.

(Picture courtesy of Food AWARE)

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