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Second foodbank to open in Ryedale
5:39pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
A FOODBANK set up to help people in North Yorkshire is expanding due to a growing need from families in crisis.
Malton and Norton Foodbank has helped 120 people, including 24 young children, since it opened three months ago and now plans to open a second in Pickering.
Co-ordinator Lesley Hurley said that with winter fast approaching there was concern that the demand for the service would rise particularly with the recent increase in fuel prices.
“As we brace ourselves for the colder weather and with increasing costs of food and fuel we expect to get busier and the need to become greater,” she said.
“We are also concerned about the trend towards people wanting food they don’t need to cook because they can’t afford to switch the electricity or gas on.”
She said so far 70 vouchers have been redeemed since the foodbank, which is based at Hope Central in Castlegate, Malton, was launched.
“Most of our clients have been single and aged between 25 and 65 and there have been many reasons for their crisis," she said.
“However, we are concerned about the elderly who have not coming forward for help in Ryedale, possibly because of pride, shame or a stoic attitude.”
She said a second foodbank, in Pickering, would now be open within the next month.
“Training is under way and we are hoping to run two sessions a week,” she added.
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