Stroud District Foodbank has responded to stock shortages in neighbouring Foodbanks by donating over 1 tonne of excess stock. Basic food provisions have been collected by Gloucester, Tewkesbury, North Cotswolds, Malmesbury, Forest of Dean and Worcester Foodbanks so far and further discussions with Foodbanks in other areas of the country are ongoing.
The Stroud District benefits from incredible public support and this year has bucked the national and regional trend in the number of emergency food parcels given out with just a 1% increase on the previous year. This has resulted in relatively high stock levels and has allowed the Stroud District Foodbank to co-ordinate a stock distribution to help Foodbanks in areas that have seen demand outstrip the supply in food donations.
Roy Walford and Paul Glew from Worcester Foodbank said “This extra stock from Stroud District Foodbank will help us feed people, we’ve seen a 45% increase in people needing the Worcester Foodbank this year. The roll out of Universal Credit since January in our area has had a big impact. The Summer holidays are round the corner and we are expecting to see more families needing the Foodbank to help cover the shortfall in the absence of free school meals”.