WOMEN pensions campaigners have redirected some of their funds to help the four foodbanks in Ceredigion during the coronavirus pandemic.

Members of the Women Against State Pension Injustice (WASPI) Campaign have given £30 to each of the county’s foodbanks in Cardigan, Llandysul, Lampeter and Aberystwyth.

“With the lockdown we’ve had to put a lot of our plans on hold,” said WASPI joint co-ordinator Pamela Judge.

“We wanted to put the money we’d raised for campaign activities to good use and are keen to support the excellent work the foodbanks do. They have seen a huge increase in demand from people who are struggling to put food on the table since the Covid-19 crisis began.”

Alan Faunch, manager of Cardigan Foodbank based at the New Life Christian Centre, Quay Street, said: “These are difficult times and people need foodbanks more than ever. I can’t see things changing in the near future.

“We can give free emergency food parcels to people at crisis point. We rely on support from the local community and welcome donations, large or small.

“If you need help from us you need to get a voucher from a local agency like the Care Society, Citizens Advice or Social Services. If you are not in contact with these organisations ring us on 01239 615864 or 07949127307 and we can put you in touch.

“We can also provide details of the foodbanks in Aberystwyth, Lampeter and Llandysul.”

The foodbank’s main collection point for donations is in Tesco but goods can also be delivered directly to the foodbank, which is part of the Trussell Trust Network and is non-denominational, in Quay Street.

Staff can arrange to collect donations from people in lockdown if necessary. Cash or cheque donations can be delivered or posted to the Foodbank at the New Life Christian Centre, Quay Street, Cardigan SA43 1HU.

Payments can also be made using the ‘donate’ button on the foodbank’s website cardigan.foodbank.org.uk/