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EPSOM & EWELL FOODBANK: APPEAL TO HELP…

Posted by Kat Heath on 14 Mar 2024

Sadly throughout 2023, Epsom & Ewell Foodbank received a phenomenal increase in numbers of people needing access to help through the Foodbank, Epsom Pantry and other related services with many desperately needing additional support with general household items, basics such as school uniform and help with the much publicised rising energy costs.

“We are hoping the demand has now levelled out, but our experience tells us to remain prepared for a further potential increase in demand due to need.”

(Jonathan Lees, Epsom and Ewell Foodbank)

The main objective and mission of all Foodbank projects remains to significantly reduce the need for food banks.
By giving support and education to communities so they are no longer reliant on the services offered by the Foodbank and to challenge the societal culture that creates poverty within the community.

According to Jonathan, it is notable that when the Government make the extra cost of living payments, there is an evident reduction in demand for the Foodbank:

“People want to buy their own food, not to be given it; but these payments are ad hoc and to our awareness no more are planned.”

HOW WE AS A COMMUNITY CAN HELP

Whilst the Foodbank will always continue to support people in need they still need to give basic food supplies to those who are financially struggling, so that people can eat.

Recent stock checks showed that the Foodbank stocks are rapidly falling, this is not only because of increased demands within the Foodbank but also because the community as a whole are feeling the ‘pinch’ which will evidently effect the level of donations.

According to figures published by the Foodbank, during the start of January 2024, the number of crates of all stock is down from 650 to 374. (Nearly half)
Although many people kindly donate food regularly, the combination of an increase in Foodbank demand and the increase in food prices means the drop has been more stark than was anticipated resulting in virtually no stock of some products.

As a drive to increase supplies there are many ideas that could inspire you to collect for the Foodbank such as:

Family collections
School collections
Business collections
Community Group collections
Places of Worship collections
Places of Work collections

Also visiting the many collection points placed in many of the local supermarkets around Epsom and Ewell.

You can also donate directly to the Foodbank directly during Mon-Fri 9am-2pm
Good Company Hub (Behind West Ewell Primary)
Ruxley Lane
Ewell
KT19 0HY

For more information on how you can help support the Foodbank please email:
foodbank@goodcompany.org.uk

Or visit the website:
http://epsomewell.foodbank.org.uk

ITEMS DESPERATELY NEEDED:
Cooking sauce (curry, hunters, sweet n sour and so on)
Tinned vegetables
Rice pudding
Instant mash
Longlife sponge puddings
Packet soup
Ketchup / Brown sauce / Mayo
Powdered milk
Squash
Longlife juice
Chocolate spread
Crisps
Washing up liquid
Washing powder / pods / tablets

All items to be sealed.
No alcohol based products

Every item and support for this cause is always appreciated.

Kat xx

 
Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry and Elliott.

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors, wellbeing and food!

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