Rise in people using the foodbank in Market Harborough

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Foodbank users in Market Harborough has shot up, with just over 7,000 meals being given to vulnerable families in 2016.

At Jubilee Foodbank’s recent Annual General Meeting, it was announced that there has been an increase in the number of referrals from 234 in 2015 to 302 in 2016.

The number of people in the 302 referrals was 779 which equates to 7,011 meals as each individual, couple or family are provided with enough food for three meals a day for three days.

Individuals, couples and families are referred by local support agencies for help from the food bank.

A spokesperson for the group said they were happy that around 30 people attended the meeting, adding: “The Jubilee Foodbank is run entirely by volunteers and with the very generous support of individuals, and groups within the town who provide both food and money to enable it to continue to operate.

“As we continue to support people in our local community through difficult times, the management committee of the Jubilee Foodbank would like to extend a very sincere thank you to all those people who continue to support us either by giving their time, food or money.

“We couldn’t continue to operate without you all. Thank you.”

The Jubilee Foodbank first opened its doors in Harborough in February 2012 to give food to town people referred to the food bank who were in temporary need.

Members said the large response at the time proved there was a need for the foodbank in Harborough.