Latest statistics show a steep rise in the numbers of Aylsham people – including children – being fed by the Cromer and District Foodbank.
Between January and August last year the foodbank’s two Aylsham centres both recorded sharp increases compared to the same period in 2018.
Aylsham Parish Church distributed food to 34 children during the 2019 period, compared to 14 in 2018 – a 140pc increase. At Aylsham Recreation Ground pavilion the rise was 35pc, with 82 children fed.
The total number of people fed at the pavilion rose by 67pc, to 240, and at the church by 105pc, to 90.
A foodbank spokesman said: “Increased demand has been met by increased donations, but our concern for 2020 is that we continue to receive donations that meet an ever-increasing demand.
The main reasons for the rises continued to be benefit problems – with people having to wait about five weeks to their Universal Credit payments – and low incomes, with short term, or zero hours contracts, causing hardship.
“The challenges for us in the new year are to maintain the service of meeting the needs of people in crisis through food parcels and signposting to get the professional support,” the spokesman added. “Plus, we would like to develop further services. For this to happen we need to have food and finances continue to be donated by the people of North Norfolk.
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07826 376343. There are foodbank collection points in Aylsham Tesco and in the parish church.