Karin Hilpert writes:
At our most recent general meeting,
I made a request for our members to bring donations for food banks along to our next meeting in December, if they are able.
The need to support food banks has become more pressing with the recent switch to Universal Credit ‘full service’ in this area.
Universal Credit has been poorly designed and implemented, and amongst other issues claimants have waited a long time for payments.
The Trussell Trusts states “A recent analysis of foodbanks that have been in full Universal Credit rollout areas for a year or more shows that these projects experienced an average increase of 52% in the twelve months after the full rollout date in their area”.
Cambridge City food bank (serving Cambridge and South Cambs) have recently updated their list of required donations:
URGENTLY NEEDED FOOD ITEMS
• CHRISTMAS SWEETS – CHILDREN & ADULT
• TUBES OF CRISPS
• FRUIT JUICE – LONG LIFE 1 LITRE
• MILK – LONG LIFE, NOT SOYA/ALMOND ETC.
• COOKING OIL – 500 ML PREFERRED
• GRANULATED SUGAR – 500 GRM PREFERRED OR 1 KG MAX
• CHRISTMAS BISCUITS – SMALL PACKS
• CHRISTMAS SNACKS – CHEESE BISCUITS, PEANUTS ETC.
• CHRISTMAS PICKLES – SMALL JARS
• SALT – SMALL
• PEPPER – SMALL
• TINNED HAM
• TINNED SALMON
• SHOWER GEL
• TOOTHPASTE & TOOTHBRUSHES – CHILDREN & ADULT
• DEODORANT – MALE & FEMALE
They have told me the red highlighted items are the ones they are most short of.
If you are not a member, or not able to attend the next meeting there are food bank donations points at most supermarkets, notably most Co-Op’s, and larger Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s.