‘The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.’

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Today Billie-Jo Hatcher writes for the Havering Daily about the need for food banks within Havering.

There are people in need that struggle all year round. We don’t always see it, but when we do we ignore it. This shouldn’t be happening we live in 2019. We aren’t a third world country.

Sometimes our Pride gets in the way, sometimes it beats us. We are either too embarrassed to use or even ask for help, it is NOT a sign of weakness.
I can honestly say “been there, done that” and had the help that was given and I am now in a position to give back where it counts.

Yesterday I visited the food bank to drop off my donation. The place
was packed with people speaking, laughing and getting along as they are all there for the same reason – they needed food to help them survive as they were unable to afford it normally.

I’m asking if you can spare at least one can of meat or fish or even a treat like chocolate biscuits that would help someone in need more than you realise.

The staff were friendly welcoming and very helpful.
Our local community are using food banks more and more due to benefit cuts or lack of money to provide for their families even when they are working full time.

We shouldn’t have to face going hungry in this country but it is becoming more and more of a regular every day occurrence. That’s why the local Harold Hill food bank provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency foodpacks and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

Some people are encouraged to use when they are at crisis point in their lives but they also sometimes refuse to use due to pride and feeling embarrassed over the situation they are in.

I want to raise awareness of this problem and make it so people can donate and users can not feel worried and shamed their in this position.

The foodbank are supported nationwide, supported by The Trussell Trust,who feed thousands of families within the uk they also are working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

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