Foodbank sees 150 per cent rise in demand across Dacorum

DENS Dacorum Foodbank
DENS Dacorum Foodbank

The number of people in Dacorum relying on a charity foodbank to feed themselves and their families has increased by more than 150 per cent in the last year.

The rise reflects recent data released by the Trussell Trust – which runs around 400 foodbanks in the UK – revealing a huge surge in demand.

In the period from October 2012 to September this year, the DENS Dacorum Foodbank has provided 1,532 emergency parcels containing three days’ worth of food for more than 3,000 people, including 1,185 children.

The charity also aims to accommodate for special dietary requirements and even offers a ‘kettle pack’ for people who do not have the means to heat their food or who stay in B&B accommodation. Thankfully, the charity has not received many requests for this sort of help.

Dacorum Foodbank manager Sharon Boyall said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful supporters, without whom we would not be in a position to help so many people in the way that we do. But with the increase in demand, the good work cannot stop.”

The team will hold food collections in Hemel Hempstead and Tring supermarkets next month. Call 01442 262274 or email office@dens.org.uk if you can help.