This month we are proud to launch our Winter Food Bank Appeal in partnership with the Hinge Centre and we are calling on the kind-hearted people of Bridlington and beyond to join us in helping the most vulnerable in our town.
With winter approaching there is an urgent need for good quality and nutritious food to be held at the Hinge Food Bank so they can distribute it to the neediest in our society.
As more and more people struggle to make ends meet as the cost of living increases, food becomes a luxury some people cannot afford.
Jo Sanders, who is the Centre Manager at the Hinge, said: “As winter approaches we urgently need to replenish our shelves in the Food Bank. During the summer and autumn months we get some food donated, but with the approach of winter we have to revert to more canned and packaged food to provide for our ever increasing client base.”
This year so far we have given out over 200 large food parcels, but the demand is rapidly outstripping supply. Over the winter months last year from October to December we gave out another 190 parcels that made a huge difference to families and individuals.
“We get agency’s who work with families and also the job centre send people to us who are waiting for benefits to kick in.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Calling all businesses, schools, clubs and individuals. Could you help to collect food stuffs and donate to the Echo/Hinge Food Bank Appeal?
There are so many ways you can help families and individuals less fortunate with donations of food and household items.
Ask your work colleagues to bring in some of the listed foods and make up a food box. When you are shopping buy a few extra items….over a month these will soon add up to a big boxful of food.
The Echo has plenty of donation boxes for both companies and individuals to fill and donate. We will be happy to mention your business and publish pictures when your food boxes have been filled.
Please email email@example.com for further information.
For fundraising events, organise a cake stall or tombola, bring all your loose change into work or school and have a collection. There are a large number of fundraisers you can organise, and the Echo will be pleased to publicise your endeavours.
A message from the Mayor Cllr Liam Dealtry
“Being born and brought up in Bridlington I have seen many changes in our wonderful community.
The most upsetting is the upsurge in people having to access food-banks to feed themselves and their families. This cannot be a pleasant experience – but sadly it is not an uncommon one.
Hard-working people can find themselves needing to use food banks due to a sudden change in circumstances – an unexpected bill or demand for money.
A recent survey of more than 2000 workers, 40% said their finances were permanently precarious whilst another 30% said they were not managing to get by. This added to zero-hours contracts and the seasonal employment in the town is a worrying statistic.
With the launch of the Bridlington Echo / Hinge Winter Food Appeal I hope that the fantastic people of Bridlington and beyond will be able to give generously and help to replenish the almost empty shelves in the Hinge Food Bank.
As winter approaches the need to help is more urgent than ever. Bridlington has a reputation as a generous-hearted town and I would like to think we can keep the Hinge Food Bank full for people who need to access the service.
This very worthy appeal will run over the winter months, with an upsurge expected just before Christmas and also in January and February. Thank you for reading this and together we can help those less fortunate than ourselves.”