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Haverhill Foodbank says Harvest celebrations provide an opportunity to help it satisfy a 20 per cent spike in demand




The approach of the Harvest Festival has prompted the Haverhill Foodbank to appeal for more food and donations to help it cope with an ‘unprecedented’ rise in demand.

Henry Wilson MBE, the director of Reach Community Projects says the Harvest Festival provides a great opportunity to help the increasing numbers of people in the community that are going hungry.

He said: “Unprecedented numbers of people are coming to us for foodboxes, up 20 per cent since last year.

The new Client Services Team at Reach Community Projects; L-R Justine Cammiss-Strudwick, Philippa Waller, Jo Goodhall and Ann Allen. Contributed picture
The new Client Services Team at Reach Community Projects; L-R Justine Cammiss-Strudwick, Philippa Waller, Jo Goodhall and Ann Allen. Contributed picture

“Perhaps they don’t earn much, and rapidly rising rent costs leave them with little to spend on food.

“Others are struggling because their benefits payments have been delayed in the switchover to Universal Credit.

“We come across many parents who go without adequate meals themselves so that their children can eat, or so they can save money to pay for the gas or electricity to cook food.

New Haverhill Foodbank manager Sandra Mann
New Haverhill Foodbank manager Sandra Mann

“Recently, we went to visit some new clients and were shocked to discover that their fridge and cupboards were literally bare.

“If you are lucky enough to have plenty of food to eat – would you help those in our community who don’t?

“We need food – we also need financial donations to help us operate the foodbank.”

If you’d like to help, find out more on the charity’s website - www.reachhaverhill.org.uk/harvest, or contact Reach Community Projects on 01440 712950 or info@reachhaverhill.org.uk.

The appeal comes after a summer in which Reach has received a £31,500 grant from Nationwide Building Society and £19,904 from the People’s Postcode Trust, funds that have helped Reach expand its client services team, which includes outreach and debt work, with two new advisors, Justine Cammiss-Strudwick and Philippa Waller.

Ann Allen has also stepped away from managing the foodbank, to be replaced by Sandra Mann and now leads the Client Services Team while Mollie Bacon has been taken on as an administration apprentice.



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