OVER 700 children from Thurrock have turned to the Thurrock Foodbank over the last three months as the cost of living crisis in the borough deepens.
Between April to September, 1,794 people were fed by the Thurrock Foodbank. That figure included 1,046 adults and 748 children.
The shocking figures come as the Trussell Trust revealed that, around the UK, over 350,000 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks between April and September 2013.
The Trussell Trust says that UK hunger is getting worse and the charity is calling for an inquiry into the causes of UK food poverty and the consequent surge in foodbank usage.
Chris Mould, Executive Chairman of The Trussell Trust says: ‘We said in April that the increasing numbers of people turning to foodbanks should be a wake-up call to the nation, but there has been no policy response and the situation is getting worse. The level of food poverty in the UK is not acceptable. It’s scandalous and it is causing deep distress to thousands of people. The time has come for an official and in depth inquiry into the causes of food poverty and the consequent rise in the usage of foodbanks. As a nation we need to accept that something is wrong and that we need to act now to stop UK hunger getting worse.’
Red foodbank vouchers can be exchanged on
Mondays from 11.00am – 1.00pm at Thurrock Christian Fellowship in Corringham
Tuesdays from 11.00am – 1.00pm at St John’s in Tilbury or from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at St Mary’s in Little Thurrock
Thursdays from 11.00am – 1.00pm at the St Francis Centre in Linford or from 11.00am – 1.00pm at All Saints in South Ockendon
Fridays from 10.00am – 12.30pm at St Stephen’s in Purfleet or from 12.00 – 2.00pm at Spring of Life Chapel in Grays
Saturdays from 11.30am-1.30pm at Emmanuel Church, Chadwell St Mary or (from Saturday 12th October onwards) from 10am-12noon at St Michael’s Church, Aveley