Struggling families can now receive support through a new foodbank service in Wellingborough.
The Daylight Centre in High Street already hands out about 45 food parcels a month, but after the service was expanded this week that figure looks set to rise.
The charity specialises in supporting the homeless and people with personal challenges. It has not previously been open to families with children under 16, but that has now changed in order to allow anyone with children to visit the foodbank from 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
People who want to receive food parcels through this service will need to be referred by the Daylight Centre or a local agency, such as Wellingborough Homes, Delos, Women’s Aid, social service, or a children’s centre. Recipients will also need to be registered with the Daylight Centre.
The service will also be rolled out to villages within the borough later this year, with collection points at village halls and children’s centre.
Paula Mason, foodbank co-ordinator, said: “We are using a voucher format. Outside agencies can contact us for a referral pack to give to their service users.”
Sarah Lee, client support worker for the Daylight Centre, said: “We have had a big increase in demand. People are struggling so we need to help them as much as we can.
“It’s mainly families with children, people who have been made redundant and people who have had their benefits stopped before they start work, while they are assessed – they get nothing for 22 weeks.”
The food parcels will contain items such as tea or coffee, pasta, milk, cereal, orange juice, tinned food and biscuits.
People must show evidence of hardship in order to qualify for the service.
Staff from the Daylight Centre are keen to hear from any supermarkets who can help. For details about the foodbank call 01933 446494 or email foodbank@DaylightCF.org.