Need for Sudbury foodbank continues to climb
Demand for the Storehouse Foodbank in Sudbury is continuing to grow due to rising financial pressures, as the charity marks 10 years of work with a fundraiser this weekend.
The charity will host its Feed event at the Waggon and Horses in Sudbury on Saturday, between 3pm and 9pm, to celebrate a decade of supporting the community and to help raise money and awareness for its service.
Based at the Stour Valley Vineyard Church in Tudor Road, the foodbank helped 1,825 people in 2017.
In the first quarter of 2018, it has seen a 30 per cent rise in demand compared to the same period last year.
About 20 per cent of the people fed by the foodbank are children.
Vicky Leonard, Storehouse community liaison, told the Free Press that more people now find themselves struggling, primarily because of the cost of living far outpacing the rate of wage growth, as well as delays in people receiving their benefits under Universal Credit.
“The trend is up, and it continues to climb,” she said.
“The people we feed are normally managing, but they are now on the bread line.
“Many people who live hand to mouth fall into crisis because they don’t have savings to fall back on.
“Our community is incredibly generous and maintain our stock very well, but we are running low at the moment.
“The purpose of the event is to celebrate 10 years of our foodbank and all that has been done already, and it’s also to fund the next year.
“Our business model is to be no longer needed, but, with the increase of people in need, we can’t see any end to this in the short-term.”
In addition to food, the charity is also seeking both individual and corporate financial donations, stating it is currently £10,000 short of the £16,000 it needs to run the foodbank for the year.
Emma Stewart-Darling, Storehouse team leader, said: “At Storehouse, our main aim is to see broken lives given hope.
“Giving a food bag is not it. It is what it does beyond taking away the hunger.
“It means being there to give back dignity and self-worth, and to help someone believe in themselves again.”
The Feed event will feature stalls and live music from local artists Kyanos, Aswun, Steven Bamidele, Huckleberry Harrison and Jonny Day. There is a recommended donation of £5 per adult on the door.
To find out more, go to www.stourvalleyvineyard.org/storehouse.