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Haverhill foodbank hails step forward in fighting poverty

By Sammi Nice

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Fewer people in Haverhill are needing to rely on food handouts, with more people being lifted out of poverty.

Figures released by the Trussell Trust yesterday show that food bank usage in Haverhill had decreased by 32 per cent from the previous year.

The statistics also revealed that, of 194 clients to have used the service in the last six months, 59 per cent needed just one food box before they were able to get back on their feet.

Henry Wilson, of REACH, the group that coordinates the foodbank in Haverhill, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon.

“It’s great news. This is exactly what we want to be seeing, this is what REACH is all about.

“This doesn’t mean there aren’t issues and people aren’t still suffering, but we’re reducing the number of food boxes and helping people to help themselves. We’re addressing the root of the problems.”

There was, however, a marked increase in the number of single people needing help, something Mr Wilson attributed to harsh benefits sanctions imposed in the last few years.

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