HUNGER is not just a third world issue, so says the manager of Stratford’s busy foodbank.
In the three years the foodbank has been running, it has helped some 4,000 people – of which 20 per cent have been children.
The three day emergency food supply is handed to people who have been given a voucher by a professional such as a doctor or social worker.
So far this year nearly 450 people have been helped by the foodbank, which is consistent with previous half-year figures.
The foodbank runs entirely on donations, and from next Thursday (June 30) to Saturday (July 2) there will be a collection drive at Stratford’s Maybird Tesco Store.
Shoppers can donate items such as pasta, cereal, tea and tinned goods which will then be used in an emergency food box.
The foodbank are also looking for volunteers to help on the drive by handing out shopping lists, labelling and shelving food.
Manager Marion Homer said: “To date, the food drives have always been a great opportunity for us to let the local community know we’re here and a chance for new volunteers to offer just two hours to see how we work.
“I am very proud of all the volunteers we have, their commitment means we can maintain this valuable service is for all those in Stratford finding themselves in an unexpected crisis situation – hunger is not just a third world issue.”
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