2018 to date has been a time of great change for Exeter Foodbank, with new offices, new staff, new community connections and our first city-wide, fancy dress sponsored walk. Our latest newsletter reflects on these changes, alongside our latest statistics and personal stories, and provides updates on further opportunities for people to get involved:
Sadly, it has also been a time of new challenges: the numbers of local people in need of emergency food has continued to grow. EFB served an average of 148 people per week throughout the busy summer holiday period, with one record-breaking week seeing 187 people served. We explore some of the reasons for this ‘holiday hunger‘ in our Poverty Watch Supplement. In this special edition, we also examine in more depth the potential plus points and pitfalls of Universal Credit, which went ‘full service’ in Exeter in September 2018, for some of the people the foodbank works with – and explain what you can do to help ensure it works better for everyone.
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