Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.
A new Foodbank was set up in Brightlingsea in December 2015 and is open at Brightlingsea Parish Hall on Wednesdays between 10.30-12.30pm. The service is aimed at anyone who finds themselves in crisis and unable to afford to buy sufficient food for their needs. The Foodbank will also assist clients to contact any agencies/organisations that may be able to help them to overcome their present crisis. Clients require a voucher from recognised voucher holders, usually a charity organisation e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau . The Foodbank can however, issue a voucher at the Foodbank session if necessary.
The Brightlinsea Foodbank is looking to spread the area it serves to cover Thorrington, Alresford and Great Bentley. This will assist clients to avoid the expense of travelling to Colchester or Clacton Foodbanks.
For more information contact, Win Pomroy, Coordinator, Brightlingsea Foodbank on 07970 480968.
(photo credit; David Woo)