New figures show over 285 three-day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Carrickfergus foodbank during 2016-17.
This valuable service helped to feed 512 adults and 392 children.
The top three reasons for foodbank referral were, low income, benefit delay and debt.
Over the last year, local people have donated 8.2 tonnes of food to Carrickfergus Foodbank, and over 40 people have volunteered. Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support to the foodbank, enabling us to give three days’ nutritionally balanced food and support to people in crisis.
As well as providing emergency food, Carrickfergus Foodbank provides other essentials like various toiletries including toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and sanitary products to families who are struggling, as well as signposting them to other services in the local area.
Gwen Smyth, Foodbank Manager of Carrickfergus Foodbank said: “It is deeply concerning that we are still seeing a need of three day emergency food supplies provided to local people in crisis in Carrickfergus over the last year.
“Every week people are referred to us after being hit by something unavoidable – such as illness, a delay in a benefit payment or an unexpected bill – means food is simply unaffordable. It really is only with the community’s support that we’re able to provide vital emergency help when it matters most, and we hope that one day there will be no need for us in Carrickfergus. But until that day comes, we will continue to offer the best possible service to help local people facing a crisis. Thank you so much to everyone who already donates time, food and money to help local people. If you’re not already involved, we’d love to hear from you!”