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Emergency appeal for foodbank donations

A sudden surge in demand has left a foodbank in Berkshire with empty shelves. The founder of Maidenhead Foodshare is making an emergency appeal for donations so she can continue to help struggling families in the town. Sue Brett says there has been a 40% increase in the number of people using the service. Kate Bunkall reports.

Volunteers help families in need

With Christmas over, many families are now struggling to pay bills and put food on the table. A voluntary organisation in Thanet, that provides support to people living in poverty, says demand for help increases in the run up to the New Year. Tom Savvides has been talking to a mother from Margate, who relies on a foodbank to get by.

Interviewees: Zoey Chambers, mother, and Kerry Keating, Thanet's Families in Need.


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Kids go hungry in summer months

It's the summer holidays so you might think for kids that means ice creams, fish and chips and lots of fun. But in fact too many children across the south east, are going hungry while they're out of school - because parents can't afford to feed them.

That, at any rate, is according to new research from the main foodbank charity, the Trussell Trust.

David Johns has been investigating, speaking to education consultant, Nigel Utton, and Mark Ward from the Trussell Trust.

Over 91,000 people received emergency food parcels

A record number of people have turned to foodbanks in the last 12 months Credit: Press Association Images

A record number of people are turning to foodbanks in our region according to the Wiltshire based charity which runs the majority of them in the South.

The Trussell Trust says life has become worse for the poorest in the last 12 months.

The organisation say's there's been a 105% increase in those it has helped.

Over 91,000 people in the South East received three days worth of emergency food from the Trussell Trust in 2013-2014 compared to 44,951 in 2012-2013.

Foodbank celebrates a busy five years

Food is one of our most expensive outgoings - so its no surprise that in these tough economic time Foodbanks are becoming a lifeline for many families.

Oxford Foodbank is now five years old - and today it was visited by the countess of Wessex who heard for herself just how important a service it provides. Our reporter Penny Silvester was also there.