Northamptonshire food bank appeal raises almost £1,800

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Northamptonshire Community Foundation has raised £1,796 in January as part of its Food Poverty Appeal.

These funds will be shared between food banks across Northamptonshire to boost their food parcel activity in the coming winter months.

As part of its appeal grant-giving charity Northamptonshire Community Foundation urged local people to make donations over the Christmas period.

The foundation launched its Food Poverty Appeal a year ago after £40,000 was donated by Lord Compton, enabling the charity to work with local groups committed to tackling the increasing problem of food poverty and supported over 3,000 people in three months.

This resulted in the development of Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network bringing together local food banks and other agencies. The network had a launch event recently to allow the local community to come together and learn about food poverty and how to tackle it on their doorsteps.

Foundation grants director Rachel McGrath said: “The network has been working hard to raise the profile of their much needed work, sharing good practice whilst tackling the hidden hunger that is affecting Northamptonshire.”

The statistics are staggering. One in five people living in Northamptonshire are living in poverty and may need recourse to a food bank.

Foundation chief executive Victoria Miles added: “The rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to food banks for help.”

Click on the link to donate to the Food Poverty Appeal. All donations can be gift aided increasing the worth of your donation.