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posted 1 Mar 2012, 10:23 by Andrew Marriott   [ updated 19 Apr 2012, 12:21 ]

The harsh economic climate is meaning more and more people are having to resort to foodbanks to help themselves and their families survive, a BBC study in Milton Keynes has revealed.

BBC Inside Out in the East talked to those using and running the foodbank in Milton Keynes - which has given out 63% more food packs than last year. About 100 tonnes of food has been donated to the food bank this year - almost double the amount last year. Volunteers helped distribute 7371 food parcels by December last year. The food bank aims to provide help to "people in genuine need", with the aim of tiding them over for a few days.

GPs, the Citizens Advice Bureau and other similar agencies can decide that a person is in need of help and send them to the food bank - 41% of the adults are aged between 26 and 40, 28% are aged between 16 and 25 and 25% aged between 40 and 60.

Please keep giving your food donations to the MK Food Bank by placing items of food in our collection boxes in our churches. The Food Bank provides local families and individuals with essential food supplies at a time when they need them most, covering the days or sometimes weeks before other parts of the social care infrastructure can come into play. The Church will be running this as an ongoing project so please continue to give your food donations from the list below.  Your giving really does make a difference to families in crisis. Thank You for your support.   Revd Mandy.

The FOOD BANK - Shopping List

Breakfast Cereal (500g)
Sugar (500g)
Milk (Long Life)
Spaghetti (Tinned)
Meat (Tinned)
Vegetables (Tinned)
Tuna (Tinned)
Fruit (Tinned)
Rice Pudding (Tinned)
Soup (Tinned)
Fruit Juice (Long Life)
Baked Beans (Tinned)
Tomatoes (Tinned)
Dried Rice (500g)
Dried Pasta (500g)
Pasta Sauce
Tea Bags / Coffee
Tin Openers