I wanted to start my report this year by giving my sincere thanks and appreciation to my staff and volunteer teams during 2018/19, as this has been the busiest year to date for the charity and each team member has been very committed in ensuring we continue to meet the challenging and demanding expectation on our services from our local community.
Universal Credits have again been a major factor in these increases, with foodbank referrals from Job Centre plus (DWp) up by an additional 824 people (121%), compared to the same period last year. We have also seen referral numbers increase generally for people on low income, the street homeless and those facing domestic violence. another factor in these increases is the amount of people moving to Harlow from the London Boroughs, without much planning or support, and with many of them arriving at our satellite centre needing emergency food and other household items, i.e. pots and pans. national increases for the Trussell trust Foodbank network have seen an increase in foodbank referrals of 19% this year, whereas Harlow Foodbank has seen a 37% increase, which is the highest we have experienced… [more]
Company Secretary and Director of Community Services