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Figures reveal Lichfield Foodbank has handed out 200,000 meals in three years

New figures reveal that 200,000 meals have been supplied by the Lichfield Foodbank in the past three years.

The numbers come after the Trussell Trust released a national report outlining the continued rise of people using foodbanks across the UK.

A spokesperson for the Lichfield Foodbank said the figures highlighted the need for people to continue supporting the facility, which is based at Wade Street Church.

“While we appreciate that the equivalent of 200,000 meals is 200,000 too many, we are thankful that we are able to help everyone who turns to us in need,” they said. “Our work is only made possible through continued support and donations.

“It is a wonderful thing to know that so many people volunteer their time or donate to help local people in crisis – and we are so grateful that people recognise our food bank as a worthy cause.”

For more information on the Lichfield Foodbank and how to volunteer, visit the website.

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6 Comments

  1. Bor

    26th April, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    You might want to use fewer tabs when you’re trolling, Rob. Might help you ensure you’re comments appear in the right places!

  2. Rob

    26th April, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Disagreement with whoever you are isn’t trolling and if you bother to read the articles and not just the comments you’ll see how well you’ve displayed your ignorance.
    Do carry on.

  3. John Griffin

    26th April, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Average 68,000 meals a year. In a rich corner of the 6th richest country in the world. Shameful, and almost entirely due to the Tories.

  4. Mat

    6th May, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I saw David Davies response to the term foodbanks on QT. He claims that many people who attend have “short term cash problems.”In the words of Warren Garland, ” You really don’t know what you are talking about”. When I’ve been in attendance when the staff at our FB are attending to a client, there is nothing short term about their plight. They are on the edge, every month. Perhaps it’s not rocket science to see the desintergration of mental health being linked to this. It’s shameful that these situations are just ushered away with such trite words from a man who has been so fortunate. The real crime is the existence of foodbanks at all but now we see them as integrated into policy with councils and politicians directing people to them

  5. John Griffin

    6th May, 2017 at 11:32 am

    We are fortunate here to live in a pleasant area of the UK, but one with a considerable hidden level of poverty, especially amongst younger age groups with insecure or low paid jobs. When I travel to some areas, especially in the north, the poverty is tangible.
    Static wages with rising cost of living -even with historically low base interest rates – mean that more and more are vulnerable, and I suspect behind many fancy doors people are living on spiralling credit, remortgages and the rest. The genteel poor are always with us.

  6. Adam Elsdon

    7th May, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Our MP Michael Fabricant has consistently voted against measures which would help people that have to resort to a Food Bank such as:

    Michael Fabricant voted not to make an exception for those with a cancer diagnosis or undergoing cancer treatment from the 365 day limit on receiving contribution based Employment and Support Allowance.

    Michael Fabricant voted against those who have been ill or disabled since their youth recieving Employment and Support Allowance on the same basis as if they had made sufficient National Insurance contributions to qualify for a contribution based allowance.

    Anybody could get cancer and be out of work relying on Employment Support Allowance which then stops after a year, leaving them to struggle at their most vulnerable moment in life.

    He has been our MP for 20 years, last year he was paid a basic £74k MP pay and received £10k in expenses for electric, food and council tax expenses last year, he is way out of touch with the majority of people living in this area, yet Brexit and TV personality politics will get him re-elected, again, Tax dodging Coffee shops of Lichfield rejoice!