King’s Lynn Foodbank ‘has now fed 11,000 people’, charity says

Food Bank Partnership event with the Red Cross KL Austin Fields. FLtoR Aden Whittle. Alan Bunn. Julie Cox. Kat Taylor. Jim Tripp. ANL-151126-165727009
Food Bank Partnership event with the Red Cross KL Austin Fields. FLtoR Aden Whittle. Alan Bunn. Julie Cox. Kat Taylor. Jim Tripp. ANL-151126-165727009
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More than 11,000 people have been supported by the King’s Lynn Foodbank since it was established four years ago, according to the latest figures from the group.

In the three months to the end of September, the charity helped 743 people in need.

The figures were below the historic monthly average of around 300 and fell from month to month during that period.

But the Foodbank’s chairman Adam Whittle said: “In King’s Lynn, we’re seeing a year on year increase.”

Charity officials say the largest proportion of people using Foodbanks do so because of delays or changes to their benefit payments.

But Mr Whittle said they were also supporting a large proportion of working people as well as those who are out of work.

He said: “We’re seeing an increase in the number of people coming to us who are saying they’re struggling with low incomes.”

And, as the run-up to Christmas continues, the Foodbank is seeking support from local people to help people in need during the festive season.

A number of town stores are currently holding collections.

And Mr Whittle added: “We have been approached by a number of businesses who are looking to help us over Christmas.”