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Growing demand prompts shortage at foodbank

Since it opened in October 2013, the food bank in St Ives, Cambs has helped more than 170 people. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

The foodbank in St Ives in Cambridgeshire is running low on stocks after a greater demand on its services. It's appealing for more people to come forward with provisions.

The foodbank, supported by Churches Together, says that since opening in October 2013 it has supplied food to more than 170 people in the area who have found their lives in crisis. That equates to more than two tonnes of food

Food parcels are carefully constructed to enable a person, couple or family in crisis to survive for a few days. They are issued on production of a voucher issued by a recognised agency such as Benefits Offices, Citizen's Advice Bureaux, doctors’ surgeries or other organisation dealing with those in genuine hardship,

"Much to our surprise the unexpected level of demand has result in stocks running lower than we would like and we are grateful to Waitrose for offering this chance to run these collecting days and replenish our stocks to ensure those in genuine crisis get the support they need.”

– Father Mark Amey, Vicar of All Saints, St Ives
  • There will be a food collection at Waitrose in St Ives on Friday 28 March and Saturday 29 March