Greendown Playgroup in Grange Park collected tinned and dried food for Swindon Foodbank in early December which will add to stocks being built up ready for major changes in the welfare benefits system.
Project manager Lee Thompson said calls on Foodbank in 2012 were 35 per cent higher than 2011 and he is planning for the impact of the Welfare Reform Act in April and the introduction of Universal Credit later in the year.
But he wanted to stress Swindon Foodbank is not only about supporting people on benefits. “If sickness prevents you from working, or you lose your job suddenly, or if you’re hit by a sudden expense which throws your family into crisis, we’re there in an emergency,” said Lee. “A little bit of help to provide food for a few days can make all the difference and prevent people turning to high interest lenders and getting into a spiral of debt.”
Playgroup manager Julie Seward said: “We explained to the children that there were some like them who would not have enough food at Christmas time. There was a super response from parents who filled two large boxes with donations.”
Pictured: Lee Thompson with Greendown Playgroup children’s collection for Foodbank