Food bank helping more and more struggling families

PUBLISHED: 09:02 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:08 29 November 2013

Volunteers at the King's Centre Food Bank in Honiton. Pictured left to right Pastor Luke Mansfield, Barbara Lucas, Rita Barwick and Teresa Hawkes.

Volunteers at the King's Centre Food Bank in Honiton. Pictured left to right Pastor Luke Mansfield, Barbara Lucas, Rita Barwick and Teresa Hawkes.

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The number of people turning to the food bank in Honiton has almost doubled.

More and more struggling families in Honiton are turning to the King’s Centre Food Bank for help.

The number of people using it has almost doubled in the past year and donations of food are becoming increasingly important

Economists may say that jobs are on the up – but the reality is that, for many families, ensuring that their children have enough to eat this Christmas is a major worry.

Food prices have rocketed by a third (33 per cent) in just five years, forcing working parents in average households to spend almost £5,000 a year on groceries.

And because energy bills have doubled in less than a decade but wages have been frozen, many people coping just two years ago can no longer make ends meet.

Vital basics such as UHT milk, sugar, fruit juice, squash, coffee, pasta sauce, custard and sponge puddings are urgently needed.

Other items such as tinned meats, fish and vegetables, sugar, noodles, rice or savoury rice and biscuits are also wanted.

Teresa Hawkes, the co-ordinator of the King’s Centre Food Bank, said: “The food bank in Honiton is vitally important.

“The number of people using it has probably doubled over the past year, so we are relying on the public to continue giving generously.”

Christmas food and goods are also needed and she added: “As we approach Christmas, with rising heating costs and bills, people are going to struggle more than ever.”

There are several collection points for donations dotted around the town at Tesco, The Co-operative, Honiton Surgery, Honiton Baptist Church, Natwest, HSBC, and St Paul’s Church.

Mrs Hawkes added: “Thank you to everyone in the town that has contributed items to the food bank over the past year.”

The food bank is open on Tuesday and Friday from 1pm until 3pm and is based at Honiton Community Church Lees Building.

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