Families in Crisis
Speaking to Pershore Rotary Lynne Raymer, Project Leader at the Pershore Foodbank says she is extremely worried about the impact Covid-19 is having on many families in the Pershore area. “Families that have never wanted for basic essentials are now finding that, perhaps due to unexpected layoffs or redundancy, their income has dried up and savings gone”. This is fast becoming a crisis situation for many families and they don’t know which way to turn for help.
Clients come to the Foodbank for many reasons, mainly due to low income, debt, sickness as well as benefit delays and changes.”
Key to Lynne’s message is that there are many in need now and it is going to get worse. Anyone struggling, through no fault of their own, should go to a Referral Agency to get a red voucher or an e-voucher number. Referral Agencies can be found at schools, GP surgeries, churches, Social Services, Wychavon DC, Pershore Town Council, Rooftop and Fortis Housing.
Lynne wanted to emphasise that Foodbank volunteers are never judgemental. Every client is welcomed. Not only will they receive a food parcel, but also a hygiene bag with essential toiletries and household items. Volunteers will also suggest where clients can receive additional support - for many, this is Citizens Advice who can be contacted on 01386 712100.
If you need help then phone the Pershore Foodbank on 01386 555347. Leave a message and a Duty Manager will respond.
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