AM shocked at foodbank numbers
3:54pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
CEREDIGION AM Elin Jones has visited the Cardigan Foodbank to see the work which is being done to expand the food storage area and hear about the increase in demand for the service.
National figures suggest that the numbers of people using Foodbanks has tripled in two years, a rise which is reflected locally in Ceredigion. Cardigan Foodbank is operated by New Life Church, in conjunction with the Trussell Trust, and provides short-term relief to people who are unable to buy food.
Elin Jones, said:
"I was shocked to hear that Cardigan Foodbank alone now deals with over 1000 referrals a year.
"Behind each of these referrals is a human story - of people who find themselves unable to cope financially for a whole variety of reasons. This includes people who have work, but who find their hours cut, and who can't provide for their families on reduced wages.
"I also heard about how some Westminster Government policies are having an adverse affect. Benefit changes are leaving some vulnerable people in genuine need, with nowhere to turn while appeals are processed, and the Bedroom Tax is also having an impact.
"Too often, people think of Ceredigion as a beautiful area which doesn't have the social problems of the big cities. But there's certainly hidden poverty.
"The New Life Church is providing an important service in running the Foodbank in Cardigan, and I know they're very grateful for all the donations of food they receive. It's sad that such a service is required in our society, but there's clearly an increasing need."