Cost of living crisis: Horsham Foodbank ‘desperate’ for donations
They say they need both money and food because of the growing demand.
The food bank is run by the charity Horsham Matters which has launched a ‘It Could Be You’ campaign to better understand the levels of poverty among locals and how the cost of living crisis is affecting the whole of the community.
They have designated Sunday (October 16) as ‘Horsham Poverty Day’ to tie in with Global Poverty Week and are asking people to organize a collection.
They say they see many new food bank users – low-income residents who can’t afford the essentials and those with pensions that don’t stretch far enough.
They also say they see many people going into more debt to provide heat, clothing and food for their families.
In August, the food bank provided more than 900 individual food parcels, double the same period last year.
Amalia Lovett, Food Bank Networks and Campaigns Manager, said: “Due to the cost of living crisis, we have seen residents from all walks of life having to use the food bank. Unfortunately, low-income families are the most affected. However, any of us could find ourselves in this situation. All it takes is some work
loss, long-term illness or unexpected expense.
“It’s not a budgeting issue, it’s about residents not having enough money to cover the dramatic increase in bills due to the cost of living.
“As a charity, like many others, we are being pushed to capacity, but we will continue to do all we can to help those in crisis. We met Horsham MP Jeremy Quin to address our concerns and stress that the government needs to invest more in our social security system and increase benefits to keep pace with inflation.
She added, “We asked him to stand up to protect the lowest income residents of our community.”
Here’s how people can help: text FOODHELP to 70470 to donate £5.
Go to www.horsham-matters.org.uk to donate online.
Drop off groceries at collection points including Tesco in Broadbridge Heath, the Horsham Waitrose store or the Horsham Matters premises at 1 Redkiln Close.