Reading’s foodbank passed a milestone moment early in December – it placed an order for its 10,000th emergency food parcel. It has taken less than two years to reach this figure.
Like most foodbanks, ReadiFood provides emergency food parcels that contain enough food to feed the recipient for three days. Parcels are tailor made to suit the recipient, be they a family, couple or individual. Each person receiving the parcel has to be referred by a range of organisations.
ReadiFood has seen demand soar over the past couple of years and is now averaging around 110 food parcels every week.
In Feeding Britain, a report published by an all-party Parliamentary inquiry, ReadiFood’s director Malcolm Peirce explained how demand has soared.
He is quoted as saying: “We had 2,220 plus names on our old database, built up over more than 10 years. We had a new database designed for us in the spring of 2013. We have already added 2,200 names to that database in just one year.”
Foodbanks rely on donations of food to keep going and ReadiFood has just received a top-up from collections held in Tesco stores, run in conjunction with FareShare and The Trussell Trust.
For more details, visit www.readifood.org.uk or 0118 987 2672.