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One in five people in Northamptonshire ‘may need to use food bank’

Food Bank volunteers Bethan Gee, 4, Tammy Gee, Rachel Gee, 6 and Samantha Rajagopal, with donated goods for Christmas food boxes they are sending out to families in crisis.

Food Bank volunteers Bethan Gee, 4, Tammy Gee, Rachel Gee, 6 and Samantha Rajagopal, with donated goods for Christmas food boxes they are sending out to families in crisis.

A charity in Northampton has said the rising costs of fuel and food is forcing more people into poverty and in need of using a food bank.

As part of its recent Food Poverty Appeal, the Northamptonshire Community Foundation has raised £1,796 in January to help stock up food banks across the county for the winter.

The charity said one in five people in Northamptonshire now lives in poverty and may need to use a food bank.

Foundation Chief Executive Victoria Miles said: “The rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to food banks for help.”

The Foundation launched its Food Poverty Appeal a year ago after £40,000 was donated by Lord Compton, enabling the charity to work with local groups committed to tackling the increasing problem of food poverty and supported over 3,000 people in three months.

This resulted in the development of Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network bringing together local food banks and other agencies.

If you would like to donate to the Food Poverty Appeal go to www.localgiving.com/charity/foodpoverty.

 

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