Donations from Redcliffe Homes has supported both Keynsham and Yate and Chipping Sodbury Foodbanks during the coronavirus outbreak.
Whilst Keynsham Food Bank during April met and coped with massive demands the level of need has not slowed down. They have never before had to deal with such numbers.
Last fiscal year the food bank fed 1283 of which 612 were children, so far this fiscal year the food bank has fed 1119 people of which 566 were children (as of July 7th).
Whilst the average increase for the South West has seen food banks dealing with an increase in April this year of 124% over the demand for April 2019. Keynsham Food Bank has experienced in April an increase in demand of 551% compared with last April. The largest increase in the South West.
Keynsham Food Bank Coordinator Alan Hale told us, ''It is hard to comprehend that we in Keynsham are standing out for the wrong reasons, the fact is that significant numbers of local people are clearly struggling due to a number of factors. The main one is low income and if you are on a low income and are then furloughed that leads to a lower wages or delays in wages and if your job is lost then that is even worse. My team of volunteers have been amazing and have been heartened by the massive support that local businesses and organisations have given us recently and also the many individual contributions we have received. We're relying more than ever on donations which makes your donation all the more welcome''.