Aylesbury foodbanks appeal for donations

Aylesbury foodbanks appeal for donations

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:48am 18th March 2020. (Updated at 7:44am 18th March 2020)

Foodbanks in Aylesbury are asking people to think about donating amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Aylesbury foodbanks, and others around Buckinghamshire, have shared a plea for donations as demand increases. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in instances of the stock piling and purchasing limits of items. 

This means the amount of help supermarkets can give is limited due to stock levels, and people are unable to pick up the extra items they usually would on top of regular shopping. 

Adam Townsend from Storehouse in Aylesbury told us about the issues:

"Knowing that a basic necessity like a food is available is obviously a comfort to people.

"Most people take that for granted but for some people it is a genuine worry where their next meal is coming from. The foodbank is important throughout the year but currently it is experiencing high demand." 

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Shelves which are usually full are emptying

One current consequences of the coronavirus outbreak is that for some families temporary or long term school closures mean the free school meal provided is no longer available. 

Issues like this mean the current stock levels at local foodbanks are not enough for the amount of need being shown seen, but certainly if more drastic measures are taken by schools, work places and local services.

Following this Mix96 has taken the decision to adjust its usual Easter Egg Campaign.

Instead we are asking people to donate food and other items to help support foodbanks who are in desperate need of supplies.

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