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Harrogate and Knaresborough Foodbank - helping local people in crisis

December 10, 2017 7:49 PM
By Charlie McCarthy

LIB DEM Focus TEAM meets the Harrogate and Knaresborough Foodbank - helping local people in crisis

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Foodbanks, supported by the Trussell Trust are in the news in the run up to Christmas. The Trust expects to top the 146,789 parcels it handed out last Christmas. They report nationally there has been a 13% increase in foodbank use since April 2017. The Focus TEAM wanted to investigate the local picture and spoke to the Chair of Trustees and the Harrogate project manager.

The Harrogate and Knaresborough Foodbank has been running for four years. In this time it has fed 7,000 people. Given a total population of 70,000, this could be up to 10% of the population, an astounding figure. They explained that people in need could be referred to the Foodbank by their GP, a Head teacher or a Social Worker. The use of the foodbank is carefully monitored.

Food can be donated at Waitrose which have a standing collection point. The Foodbank needs dried and canned food. Money donations can also be made directly to their bank account:

Sort Code: 05-05-45 Account no. 33843617

We were reminded that Foodbanks are not just necessary at Christmas, the need is there all year round. The effect of the introduction of Universal Credit in Harrogate has been "DEVASTATING". Many residents are one pay packet away from using the Foodbank. A Christmas message we might all do to remember.

If you want to know more about the work of the Harrogate and Knaresborough foodbank please visit:

www.harrogatedistrict.foodbank.org.uk