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Over 6000 food parcels have been delivered to those in need across Northamptonshire in 2021.

Written by on April 28, 2022

The last year for Northampton’s The Hope Centre has been busy, with the charity handing out 6500 food parcels.

The food bank and homelessness support charity saw a rapid increase of people needing help after the COVID-19 lockdowns.

Fundraising manager for The Hope Centre Louise Danielszuk said:

“The last year has been incredibly busy with both the Food Club numbers and the number of homeless individuals we have seen.

“We are on average supporting 30 people each day who are homeless and each week distribute in the region of 120 food parcels to those who are unable to afford to feed themselves.”

Alongside helping the homeless, The Hope Charity also helped support other foodbanks in the Northampton area too.

New statistics from the national foodbank charity The Trussell Trust show the need for food parcels has increased by 14% since before the pandemic.

The East Midlands handed out 126,877 in the last year, compared to 101,788 in 2019/20.

Out of the food parcels handed out in the East Midlands last year, 46,381 were meant for children.

However, with the current cost of living crisis, food banks across the country could continue to be busy, according to Louise Danielszuk.

She said: “We have already seen the beginning of this impact. In the first week following the lifting of the fuel cap, we had six new registrations and this is continuing.”

Written by Joseph Ashmenall

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