Ashfield foodbank supports more than 120 families every week
Over the past 12 months Ashfield District Council has provided more than £3,000 in funding to Sutton’s Let’s All Eat Foodbank as well as more than £15,000 to support foodbanks across the district.
The Let’s All Eat Foodbank supports more than 120 families each week, with numbers continuing to increase.
Food packages are delivered weekly by volunteers to families that have been referred to the service, providing fresh food and store cupboard essentials donations are received from the public, local and high street businesses.
Let’s All Eat has also been an essential partner in offering Covid Winter Grant funded vouchers and food parcels to Ashfield residents and throughout January and February they issued parcels and vouchers with a value of more than £15,000.
At a recent visit to the Foodbank, Ashfield District Council CEO, Carol Cooper-Smith saw first hand what a vital service the foodbank is delivering.
She said: “The pandemic has seen a huge increase in demand for families needing support with food, many of these people haven’t accessed the service before but the effect of furlough and job losses has had a noticeable impact on demand.
"The response from council staff has been incredible and we’re pleased to be able to support the foodbanks and ensure that families using the service had a treat this Easter.
“I also want to take this opportunity to thank the foodbanks across the district for their tremendous efforts this year. They are delivering a much needed service in our local communities in really difficult times.”