New figures show a surge in need for emergency food supplies in Taunton Deane in the last 12 months.
Over 4335 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Taunton foodbank during 2016-17, compared to 3318 in 2015-16. Up by 31%. Of this number, 1808 went to children.
Over the last year, over 60 people volunteered to help Taunton Foodbank and local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support, enabling them to give three days’ nutritionally balanced food topeople in crisis.
As well as providing emergency food, Taunton Foodbank provides essentials like washing powder, nappies and sanitary products to families who are struggling, as well as signposting them to other services in the local area.
Despite generous donations of food, there are many hidden costs to run the foodbank. Costs include warehouse space to sort and stock donated food and other overheads like utilities and insurances.
The foodbank welcomes any new offers of help with funding – local businesses, organisations and individuals interested in supporting the foodbank’s work can find out more by visiting their website.