The Colchester Foodbank is to open its doors on Saturdays to manage the demand of local people in crisis.
In 2018 Colchester Foodbank, the busiest Foodbank in Essex, provided three day emergency food supplies to over 7,000 local people in crisis, over a third of which went to children.
The foodbank is to open on a sixth day a week with support from the Community Fund from Colchester Borough Homes and One Colchester Winter Resilience Fund. People had complained that they couldn’t access the Foodbank on weekdays because loved ones who would help them to get to the Foodbank are working.
The Foodbank are piloting opening Saturdays to see if this helps better manage the demand for the service.
Michael Beckett, Foodbank Manager at Colchester Foodbank said: “For the last decade, the foodbank has seen a trend of increasing demand and with the ongoing impact of Universal Credit and Brexit we don’t expect this trend to change anytime soon. It isn’t right that people especially children suffer without food in Colchester or the surrounding area.
“We continue to work with other foodbanks across the country to campaign for long-term change, so hopefully we can reach a future where the foodbank can close through lack of demand. Whilst that work is underway, we’ll do all we can to make sure local people at risk of hunger get crucial support including opening on Saturdays now. We’re extremely fortunate that local people and organisation are so generous allowing us to do this.”