The Mayor of Basingstoke has given her full support to the work of Basingstoke’s Foodbank on a recent visit to meet volunteers.
Mayor Diane Taylor and her Consort visited the Foodbank to see food being sorted and crisis food parcels assembled and handed out to Basingstoke residents in need.
The Mayor said “The Foodbank is one of Basingstoke’s most effective and well-run projects and has served thousands of local people over the past seven years. I hope that new premises can be found soon – it would be a tragedy if our Foodbank was forced to close through lack of suitable accommodation.”
The Foodbank provides a three-day supply of food to anyone in crisis who is referred to it by nearly 80 agency teams across the town. Over the last seven years 235 tonnes of food has been collected and distributed to over 20,000 people in need. Currently the Foodbank is searching for new premises to bring food storage and distribution under one roof.
“This is a massive achievement and a reflection of the fantasic work done by a dedicated group of volunteers from churches and the community across Basingstoke. The whole community of Basingstoke & Deane generously provide crisis food for some of the neediest people in our town. We are very grateful for the Mayor’s support” said Phil Thomas, Chair of the Foodbank Trustees.
The top three reasons cited for needing the Foodbank are:
- Low income
- Benefit delays
- Benefit changes.
In addition to supplying food, the volunteers try to help the clients identify the root causes that have brought them to the position of needing the Foodbank’s help. Volunteers then point clients to other agencies for further help.