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Runcorn Foodbank has distributed more than 2,000 emergency ration packs
MORE than 2,000 families and individuals have received emergency ration packs from Runcorn Foodbank, latest figures have revealed.
So many people desperately need food, volunteers are struggling to replenish supplies.
The charity fears the crisis will deepen as benefit cuts and debt hit more families.
Rebekah Tunningley, Runcorn Foodbank manager said: “We have fed over 2,000 people, including 791 children. The problem is keeping up with the amount of food we need.”
She fears many more hungry families will require support as crisis loans have been severely axed and many claimants have seen their income slashed.
She said: “It is a ticking timebomb. We are seeing a lot of people who are in a real emergency. Around 3,000 people need a crisis loan in Halton yet they’ve only got 600.
“Many have been left with no money for two weeks as sanctions are being enforced. The pressure to buy school uniforms has put many families into debt. They are living week to week.
“It has hit us hard since universal credits were introduced. Foodbanks are under pressure.
“It is very worrying. We are getting a lot of different people. Some are sick coming out of hospital, others are disabled. We’ve had people who have lost jobs or are struggling with so much debt, they can’t feed themselves.”
She thanked Runcorn supermarkets for their support.
Shoppers recently donated a ton of food at Asda.
She said: “Asda and Tesco have been fantastic. Tesco send us a team to work in our warehouse and Asda has given us their community coin collection.
“People have been so generous but we need more food as we try to give people a balanced diet so they can make up a meal.”
She is appealing for tinned fish, fruit and tomatoes, UHT milk, sponge pudding, cordial, sugar, tea and instant mash.
Collection points are available at Runcorn Asda and The Co op in the old town.
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