A Trussell Trust-run food bank in Boscombe has reported a 42% increase in donations in the run up to Christmas.
Statistics show that people are far more likely to spare a thought for those less fortunate during the festive period than any other time of year.
Although Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for the food bank at St George’s church, Haviland Road, manager Debbie Bramley has said it also gets busier for donations.
She described Christmas as one of the most “emotive” times of year and said: “At Christmas a lot of people donate because they really want to help out and give back.”
Every year the food bank runs a Christmas hamper appeal where an extra 200 three-day hampers containing fresh and frozen food will be given out to families.
Speaking about the increasing strain over Christmas, Debbie, manager of 10 years said: “Even if people have resisted coming for the rest of the year they will definitely come at Christmas, especially if they’ve got family or children to look after.”
The Boscombe food bank is just one of the Trussell Trust’s 428 across the UK. By using a voucher system they have been working to help people in crisis.
From April-November 2019, 2779 vouchers have already been given out for St Georges alone.
Vouchers are given out due to a variety of different situations, including benefit delays, domestic violence, delayed wages and homelessness.
Debbie said: “Some of the stories we hear are heart-breaking,” and added: “We would love to be out of a job.” If you wish to donate you can drop food at your local supermarket or food bank.