Following recent news articles highlighting that an increasing number of children are going hungry/missing meals in the school holidays (as free school meals are unavailable), demand for food parcels at Mexborough Foodbank have seen a noticeable increase of around 15%.

http://www.traxfm.co.uk/news/local-news-and-sport/concerns-over-local-families-going-hungry-over-the-holidays/

Mexborough Foodbank have recently launched a Crowdfunder campaign in the hope of raising £2,000 to cover the costs of acquiring additional food including vehicle costs, fuel, insurance etc. Mexborough Foodbank was launched in Nov 2014 and earlier this year we reported that over 5,000 local people had been supported via 1,750 food parcels given out.

https://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,foodbank-feeds-5000-in-just-three-years_25576.htm

Mexborough Lions contacted us to express their concerns for this increased need locally and to donate £100 of ambient food to increase our depleted stocks which is extremely appreciated.

John Tinsley, Paul Harrison, Penny Cliff, Mark Dockerty (Mexborough Foodbank volunteers), Genny New, Joan Nairn, Ronnie Nairn (Mexborough Lions), front - Sean Gibbons, MFB Manager

John Tinsley, Paul Harrison, Penny Cliff, Mark Dockerty (Mexborough Foodbank volunteers), Genny New, Joan Nairn, Ronnie Nairn (Mexborough Lions), front – Sean Gibbons, MFB Manager

Sean Gibbons, Mexborough Foodbank Manager said “We would like to formally thank Mexborough Lions for their very kind food donation which comes at a time when are stocks are very low and demand for our services have significantly increased. The recent roll-out of Universal Credit in July in the Rotherham area in addition to Doncaster UC roll-out last year and local families struggling to feed their kids in the school holidays are the main causes of increased demand”.

He added “It would be great if people could support the Mexborough Foodbank Crowdfunder campaign to allow us to increase our supplies further and get better ready for another challenging and demanding winter for our services”.

Please support the Mexborough Foodbank Crowdfunder campaign by donating what you can and encouraging your family and friends to support. This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 1:45pm 6th September 2018.

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/mexborough-foodbank—meeting-increased-demand/?

If you are interested in joining Mexborough Lions, please contact Genny New on 07583 566324.