Feed families in need this Christmas

Rod Munro at Sleaford Foodbank at Sleaford Newlife Centre. EMN-151130-140809001
Rod Munro at Sleaford Foodbank at Sleaford Newlife Centre. EMN-151130-140809001

More than 1,000 people have been supported by Sleaford’s foodbank over the last year – with some 10,000 meals given out.

More than 1,000 people have been supported by Sleaford’s foodbank over the last year – with some 10,000 meals given out.

Although the number of people seeking help from the foodbank has dropped slightly this year, there has been an increase in those in employment struggling to make ends meet.

Rod Munro (pictured), community impact co-ordinator at the foodbank, said: “It is to be celebrated that the numbers have dropped, but the concern is there are many others who need help but do not know about the service.

“For males in the family, it can be particularly difficult to come forward and admit they are struggling to put food on the table. But they are not alone – there are many families in a similar situation.”

He added: “We’ve seen an increase in people in employment seeking help. Largely, this is due to zero-hours contracts with people unable to budget over the month as they don’t know how much work is coming their way.”

Sleaford foodbank is based in the New Life Centre in Mareham Lane, and donations of food can be made on a weekday, from 10am to 4pm, or on Sundays, from 9.30am to 1.30pm. It covers the North Kesteven area.