Foodshare 40% increase in use since Christmas

Christmas might be a just a happy memory to many, but the season of goodwill needs to continue in order to keep helping the vulnerable, the founder of a Maidenhead foodbank has warned.

Sue Brett, who started Foodshare Maidenhead, originally called Open Kitchen, in 2010, said that demand for the services usually hits a peak around early January.

However, this year has seen an unprecedented increase of 40 per cent in the number of people using the food bank since Christmas.

Although she usually budgets for a fall in donations during January and February, the higher than expected number of people seeking help has forced her to send out for emergency supplies to help meet demand.

She feels the recent introduction of the universal credit scheme is partly to blame, as recipients adapt to new schedules for payments into their budgets.

But she added she expected this to balance out in the long term as the programme is implemented.

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