Big increase in foodbank users
Parcels given to needy families by Worcester Foodbank have risen by 46 per cent compared to the same time a year earlier.
St Peter’s Friends of the Foodbank continues to support its work, with one of the parish organisers, John Renshaw, saying they expected more people to be referred to the foodbank.
He added: “With the end of the furlough scheme, the removal of the temporary £20 per week uplift to universal credit and rapidly increasing domestic fuel bills, a lot of family budgets are feeling the strain.”
The St Peter’s group will continue its weekly collections from households on Saturday afternoons.
Mr Renshaw explained: “Thursday evenings will be too dark now until next April so we’re planning to hold them on the last Saturday afternoon of the month, starting in November, which will be our Christmas collection.
“We held a Christmas collection last year and we collected around twice as much as usual so it’s a great opportunity for St Peter’s residents to make a difference to many people’s Christmas.”
Collection dates will be: Saturday, November, 27, 3pm (Christmas collection); no collection in December as the last Saturday of the month is Christmas Day; Saturday, January 29, 3pm, Saturday, February 26, 3pm.
It then reverts to the first Thursday evening of the month starting on Thursday, April 7 at 7pm and after that the first Thursday of every month at 8pm. as before.
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help in the household collections for the foodbank can contact Mr Renshaw at email@example.com or on 07732 367600.
John Renshaw and St Peter’s foodbank collection driver Rob Holman deliver items to Worcester Foodbank