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Wantage and Grove Foodbank - some families struggle to provide when term ends

on Mon, 02/07/2018 - 6:51pm

A shocking statistic provided by the ‘Food Standards Agency’ is that 21% of the population in Britain are ‘Food Insecure’ - that is they do not have sufficient money to feed themselves or worry about being able to feed themselves and their family adequately.

The Wantage and Grove Foodbank can provide some support for individuals or families in the area. They will provide an emergency food parcel for those in need, with sufficient food for approximately 3 days. Further parcels can be provided if needed. In order to receive a food parcel a client needs to be referred by an agency such as ‘The Wantage Independent Advice Centre’, who can then give additional advice and support. It is situated in the town centre and their telephone number is 01235 765348.

Last summer, the national press publicised that many families struggled in the school holidays to provide for their children when school meals are not available. Foodbank will this summer provide special food parcels for these families, if they contact the Independent Advice Centre for a referral.

The Wantage and Grove Foodbank is organised by volunteers from local churches and food is most generously donated by the public. They welcome donations of food at the special food collection points in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Cornerstone Café in Grove and the King’s Centre in Wantage. They are only able to accept non-perishable foods such as tins and packets, dog / cat food, and hygiene, laundry and sanitary products.