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Foodbank demand soars across Gedling borough as cost of living crisis continues to bite

An increase in demand for aid is being felt across the Borough, as foodbanks continue to give out a record number of food parcels each week

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The worsening cost of living crisis has brought on untold pressures unto households across Gedling borough, causing many to seek aid through foodbanks.  

While the crisis has highlighted the value of local foodbanks, it has also placed these same charities under significant pressure as they seek to deliver services to meet the increasing demands of their community. 

This increase in demand for aid is felt across the Borough, as local foodbanks continue to give out a record number of food parcels each week, often exceeding the number of parcels given out during the pandemic.  

Pictured: Helen LLoyd, Manager of Arnold Foodbank (Courtesy of Arnold Foodbank)

The knock-on impact of the cost of living crisis on local charities was first highlighted last month by the Arnold Foodbank on Mansfield Road in Daybrook. 

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The charity revealed on social media that it had handed out a record number of emergency food parcels over the past 10 months. 

The post stated that the foodbank broke a 10 year record of helping people in need of support during this crisis period. 

This was the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent pandemic, that the charity had broken its record.  

A charity spokesperson revealed that during the last 10 months, a total of 6,200 food parcels were given away to local residents needing extra support. 

A spokesman for the charity said: “A sad record was broken this week: Arnold Foodbank has supported more local people with emergency food parcels this financial year than at any time in our ten-year history, which includes beating the year of the pandemic. That’s over 6,200 people and still counting as there are another six weeks until our year end on March 31. 

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Another foodbank in Carlton shared a similar experience to that of Arnold, with the number of people they feed every week having gone up compared to the last five years. 

The Carlton Foodbank run by the Main Street Methodist Church stated that for the current financial year (between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023), the charity has given away 1,264 parcels and fed 2,993 people; while still having another month to go. 

This number far exceeds the foodbank’s previous financial years of 2021-2022 which saw 1,121 parcels feed 2,676 people, and 2020-2021 which saw 1,119 parcels feed 2,554 people in the Gedling Boroughs. 

Claire Fenwick, the foodbank’s Area Support Co-ordinator believes that the increase in demand for food aid by residents began during the pandemic, which has been reflective of the last three financial years. 

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She said: “We are giving out on average 25 parcels a week. compared to an average of 6 parcels in 2018-2019.” 

The foodbank’s data showcased that pre-pandemic, the foodbank gave out a collective 838 food parcels to feed around 2,010 people between the financial years of 2018 and 2020. 

You can find more details about how you can support the two foodbank here (Arnold) and here (Carlton) 

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