2018 has seen a month on month rise in the demand for emergency food parcels and local Suffolk charity Families in Need (FIND) is stretched to its limits as Christmas approaches. In January and February this year the charity was distributing around 50 food parcels each week, and this has risen to nearly 100 per week during November and December.
FIND will distribute at least 1,000 Christmas hampers for people who need food for the Christmas and New Year week. The need for bigger items, such as cookers and fridges, beds and bedding has also increased.
Maureen Reynel MBE, Founder of FIND, says, “We are hugely grateful for every donation and all the support we have received so far from the Suffolk community, without it there would be no FIND. We care for those that find it difficult to care for themselves at some point in their lives, and we need to continue providing support to individuals and families in desperate need across Ipswich.”
The charity is appealing for more volunteers to help at this busy time of the year. Volunteers are needed to help for a few hours on a Tuesday afternoon or Friday morning to unload the vans and re-stock food and toiletries. The work will involve working inside and outside the foodbank when volunteering.