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Bexley Foodbank sees huge spike since benefit changes

PUBLISHED: 15:45 07 June 2013 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 June 2013

Rev Rob Stevens with volunteer Jenny Weaver

Rev Rob Stevens with volunteer Jenny Weaver

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Bexley Foodbank has seen a 25 per cent rise in traffic since the benefit changes were introduced in April.

The service which runs out of the Avery Hill Christian Fellowship in Southspring, Sidcup, is part of a national programme run by the Trussell Trust which gives meals to people in need.

Organiser Rev Rob Stevens says this is partly to do with changes to the benefit system but also due to the rising profile of foodbanks across the country.

He said: “We’ve definitely noticed more people coming since the benefit changes came in.

“I know changes happen regularly and I want to stay apolitcal but people have been impacted and its creating a gap which is increasingly difficult to bridge.”

It was reported last month that it is estimated that foodbanks are feeding 500,000 people a year in the UK.

But Mr Stevens is happy that more people are aware foodbanks are there to help.

“We can provide a stop-gap which people should take advantage of if they need help.

“There does need to be some thought about how the system works but we’ll be here when people need to put food on the table.”

Bexley Foodbank is open on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm and Thursdays from 12.30pm to 3pm. For more information call 07932 431350 or email info@bexley.foodbank,org.uk.

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