It's the most wonderful time of the year, but some families will be relying on assistance from foodbanks to have their Christmas meal. In Alton this is true for some 8.6% of their community.
Today in Alton there are families struggling to put food on the table. 8.6% of people in the community are believed to be in fuel poverty. These families will be forced to make a choice this winter between food or fuel. For people on low incomes, a sudden crisis - redundancy, benefit delay or an unexpected bill can mean going hungry.
Alton Foodbank is the branch charity partner of our Alton branch and on 13th December five of the team used one of their two annual volunteering days and assisted Ian Dane, the Alton Foodbank Manager, with packing Christmas food boxes.
Christmas can be a difficult time for many people, and those who need support from the Foodbank should be entitled to enjoy their Christmas as much as everyone else.
21 items were put into a standard Christmas box. Some of the items included were: Christmas pudding, biscuits, stuffing, cranberry sauce, hot chocolate, chutney and cream crackers.
Sammy Forrester, our Alton Branch Manager said
“It was so good to be able to support the Foodbank and help them to get as many boxes out to those in need. All together we managed to pack 57 boxes!! It’s so great to think about how many families that will help.”
Alton Foodbank says:
"We want to make sure that no one in our local community has to go hungry, but we need your help to make this happen. Your gift of financial support, time, business partnership and food can make a real difference."