Almost 70,000 food parcels provided by Sheffield foodbank in one year

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“The past 12 months have been our busiest on record”

New figures from Sheffield S6 Foodbank have revealed that 68,937 food parcels were provided to people facing hardship across Sheffield in the last year – with 26,737 of those going to children.

Sheffield S6 Foodbank has seen a 26 per cent increase in the number of emergency food parcels distributed compared to last year, as more and more people struggle to afford essentials such as food.

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Chris Hardy, Foodbank Manager at Sheffield S6 Foodbank said: “The past 12 months have been our busiest on record, as increasing numbers of people across Sheffield struggle to cope with an ongoing cost of living crisis.

“Wages and benefits are remaining stagnant while living costs continue to rise, pushing more people into debt, and towards our foodbank centres.

“What is particularly worrying for us in Sheffield, is the growing number of families with children seeking support. We all know that hungry children struggle to learn and concentrate in school.

New figures from Sheffield S6 Foodbank have revealed that 68,937 food parcels were provided to people facing hardship across Sheffield in the last year – with 26,737 of those going to children.New figures from Sheffield S6 Foodbank have revealed that 68,937 food parcels were provided to people facing hardship across Sheffield in the last year – with 26,737 of those going to children.
New figures from Sheffield S6 Foodbank have revealed that 68,937 food parcels were provided to people facing hardship across Sheffield in the last year – with 26,737 of those going to children.

“We need urgent action to change the trajectory of demand in Sheffield and across the UK, or we risk a generation of children growing up hungry, going without, and unable to reach their full potential.”

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Alongside the provision of emergency food, Sheffield S6 Foodbank offers people who are referred to them a warm welcome, as well as connections to advice and support, such as debt support, housing advice, and help with benefits and utility bills, that makes it less likely someone will need the food bank again in the future.

The support of the Sheffield community is vital in ensuring that S6 Foodbank can be there for anyone who turns to them for help, but the rising levels of need have had a significant impact on stock levels.

A typical emergency food parcel consists of items such as cereal, tinned fruit and vegetables, canned meat and fish, tea, coffee, biscuits, UHT milk, and pasta and rice and much more. Any donation is gratefully received and can be dropped off at the food bank and supermarket collection points.

Sheffield S6 Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s network, which reports record levels of need in the last 12 months with more than 3.1 million emergency food parcels provided to people facing hardship between April 2023 and March 2024. More than 1.1 million of these parcels were provided for children.