More than 1,000 people fed by Stroud foodbank in eight months
OVER 1,000 hungry people have been fed by Stroud's Foodbank in the eight months it has been open.
Latest figures from the charity, which provides emergency food boxes from its depots in Stroud, Dursley and Stonehouse, show that by mid-August it had fed 1,046 people.
Almost half were children.
The foodbank, which is supported by churches and community groups across the district, now distributes one tonne of dried and tinned food every month.
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"It's quite staggering to have reached such a high number so quickly after we started," said Will Mansell, foodbank co-ordinator.
"Mainly we see people who are working, but find that they just can't pay the bills.
"There's a huge group of people who are struggling and I fear that we are only just scratching the surface."
The numbers have risen steadily with the foodbank feeding 200 people a month in July and August.
"If the numbers stay that high, we will be feeding 2,000 a year and be about as busy as the foodbank in Gloucester," said Will.
Doctors, health visitors, social workers, the Citizens Advice Bureau and police can identify people in crisis and issue them with a Foodbank voucher which they take to the centre in Stroud to swap for three days worth of food.
Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to direct people to agencies to solve their long-term problems.