Over the past 18 months or so we have became aware of families in our community who are not getting enough to eat. We have also come across elderly people who were finding it difficult to make ends meet but were too proud to ask for help.
We could see there was a clear need for a project that supports local people in crisis by providing emergency food parcels and advice, so we have established the our Food Bank for older people or those suffering hardship, including homeless people in hostel accommodation – many of whom are women and children fleeing domestic violence.
HNCC is a member of Food Share, so each week we receive food to help us provide daily low cost meals and emergency food parcels. We also receive regular generous food and financial donations from a number of local people and have the support of local members and branches of Unite, Britain’s largest trade union.
Our crisis food parcels contain food for four days, toiletries, a welcome letter outlining HNCC’s services and benefits advice from Unite.
Agencies and local people can refer anyone who needs support. We know that asking for help can be difficult, but our team is on hand and will do all it can to provide practical – and discrete – assistance.