REDDITCH Foodbank has seen an increase in referrals as the number of people in need increases in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
However donations are keeping pace for the moment, although more would always be welcome, says Rev. Ian Evans, the new manager at the centre.
“In fact the people of Redditch have been very generous although we are seeing an increase in demand,” he said.
Rev Evans, the minister at Christ Church in Matchborough, succeeds Laura Kyte as manager of the foodbank after a spell as minister in secular employment.
“It has been busier than normal and we are seeing more people coming through the door,” he said.
“There is this critical thing of change and people are bound to be fearful of what’s going to happen to jobs.
“All organisations need to work together to get through what is a very difficult time.
“We need donations to continue and I know sometimes that’s difficult when people are going to the shops and finding they can’t get everything they need for themselves, but it’s important we stand together at a time like this.”
Redditch Foodbank, which is run through local charity Acts of Kindness and supported by the Trussell Trust provided meals for 2,346 clients between April 2018 and March 2019, of these, 640 were children.
It is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays at St Stephen’s Church in the town centre, and Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Link in Winyates Centre.
Nationally 20 per cent of the UK population live below the poverty line, including eight million working-age adults, four million children and 1.9 million pensioners.