The continuing cost of living crisis is resulting in more individuals and families needing support from Andover Foodbank. As a result, more food is being given out each month than is being donated.
New Head of Andover Foodbank, Chloe Roberts, said: “There are many generous people across Andover who support us and we are truly grateful for all that they do. However the squeeze on people’s finances is starting to catch up with us all. Currently, we are giving out 40% more food than we gave out at the same time last year. In the short term at least, thanks to some generous cash donations, we have been able to fill the gap by shopping for the food and toiletry essentials needed.
“We are really concerned by the number of empty shelves in the warehouse. Stocks of basic items such as tinned meat and vegetables haven’t been this low since the early days of the pandemic. Our volunteers have rarely seen us down to our last box of baked beans.
“Thank you if you already pop a packet or a tin in our collection basket as part of your weekly shop. It has never been more needed.”
Andover Foodbank provides a warm welcome and emergency food for those in financial crisis. So far, this year the local charity has fulfilled 1443 referrals from professional partners, feeding 3457 people, with nearly a third of those being children. In addition the foodbank organises seasonal projects such as Christmas hampers and hosts a regular drop in centre with Citizens Advice at its Alexandra Road premises.
Andover Foodbank is located next to St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church. Donations can be made at various supermarkets and village stores across Andover, as well as the library and Bridge Community Project. Companies, groups or individuals who wish to make larger donations can contact the Foodbank to make arrangements.
For more information on Andover Foodbank, please visit www.andover.foodbank.org.uk.