Today, figures from Oldham Foodbank have shown that 5,334 people received three days’ emergency food from the foodbank in 2014, compared to 4,992 in 2013. Locally, 3,714 adults and 1,620 children have received three days’ emergency food and support from Oldham foodbank in the last 12 months.
Nationally, over 1,000,000 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks in 2014-15, compared to 900,000 in 2013-14, this is more than in any previous year.
At the Oldham foodbank, the top three reasons for foodbank referral were Benefit delay (35%of all referrals), benefit change (23%) and low income (18%). Last year local people donated 45 tonnes of food to Oldham foodbank. Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support to the foodbank, enabling them to give three days’ nutritionally balanced food and support to people in crisis.
As well as providing emergency food, Oldham foodbank provides essentials like washing powder, nappies and hygiene products to families who are struggling, as well as signposting them to other services in the local area.
These figures are yet more evidence of the effect of Tory and Lib Dem policies causing misery for thousands of vulnerable people across Oldham, Saddleworth and the rest of the UK.