As we all know, the cost of energy, gas and electricity, has increased and will increase again. In addition to distributing donated food to people who have been referred to us,Godmanchester Foodbank is providing other help so that people can keep warm this winter.Althoughsomegovernmentsupportisgoingtobemadeavailablethebasecostisstillgoing toincreasetothepointwhere“Heatingoreating”willbecomeaquestionthatmoreand more people have to answer.The FoodBank can provide food support, (enough for 3 meals a day for 3 days) up to fourtimes in 6 months, that is food for 12 days out of 180.The increased cost of energy means that for many families the question has to be answeredon the other 168 days.If we add in the fact that families and individuals may have to use pre-payment keys or cardsin their accommodation will then they pay 10 to 15% more for energy used and have nochoice of tariff and this makes the question even more difficult to answer.TheFoodBankhasasmallFuelSupportFundandgenerouslocalpeoplemakecash donationstosupportthis.Inapprovedcasesavolunteercantakesomecashandtheclient’s fuelkeytoaPayPointandbuyareloadonthekey-cashisnotgivenout.Wecandothis twice a year per client, totalling the equivalent of 1 month’s average fuel cost.A number of people have generously donated all or part of their Winter Fuel Payment or FuelSupport payments because they know they can afford to support other people this way.Working with partners the FoodBank is also providing ‘Warm Bags’ containing a hot waterbottle with a fleecy cover, 2 re-usable microwave dishes and a microwave instruction recipebook and a knitted blanket.Godmanchester Community Association (GCA) provided a kick start donation to buy the hotwater bottles and dishes; the recipe book was written and printed by a volunteer and theblankets were provided by Crafty Saints at All Saints’ Hartford!TheFoodBankwillusenon-fooddonatedfundstomatchtheGCAdonationsothatthe project can continue.TheFoodBankisverygratefulforthesupportwehavereceivedfrom AllSaints’Hartfordin the past and we hope that this will continue in these difficult times.
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Godmanchester FoodBankHeating or Eating?
Asweallknow,thecostofenergy,gasand electricity,hasincreasedandwillincrease again. Inadditiontodistributingdonatedfoodto people who have been referred to us,GodmanchesterFoodbankisproviding otherhelpsothatpeoplecankeepwarmthis winter.Althoughsomegovernmentsupportis goingtobemadeavailablethebasecostis stillgoingtoincreasetothepointwhere “Heatingoreating”willbecomeaquestion that more and more people have to answer.TheFoodBankcanprovidefoodsupport, (enoughfor3mealsadayfor3days)upto fourtimesin6months,thatisfoodfor12 days out of 180.Theincreasedcostofenergymeansthatfor manyfamiliesthequestionhastobe answered on the other 168 days.Ifweaddinthefactthatfamiliesand individualsmayhavetousepre-payment keysorcardsintheiraccommodationwill thentheypay10to15%moreforenergy usedandhavenochoiceoftariffandthis makesthequestionevenmoredifficultto answer.TheFoodBankhasasmallFuelSupport Fundandgenerouslocalpeoplemakecash donationstosupportthis.Inapprovedcases avolunteercantakesomecashandthe client’sfuelkeytoaPayPointandbuya reloadonthekey-cashisnotgivenout. We candothistwiceayearperclient,totalling theequivalentof1month’saveragefuel cost.Anumberofpeoplehavegenerously donatedallorpartoftheirWinterFuel PaymentorFuelSupportpaymentsbecause theyknowtheycanaffordtosupportother people this way.WorkingwithpartnerstheFoodBankisalso providing‘WarmBags’containingahot waterbottlewithafleecycover,2re-usable microwavedishesandamicrowave instructionrecipebookandaknitted blanket.GodmanchesterCommunityAssociation (GCA)providedakickstartdonationtobuy thehotwaterbottlesanddishes;therecipe bookwaswrittenandprintedbyavolunteer andtheblanketswereprovidedbyCrafty Saints at All Saints’ Hartford!TheFoodBankwillusenon-fooddonated fundstomatchtheGCAdonationsothatthe project can continue.TheFoodBankisverygratefulforthe supportwehavereceivedfromAllSaints’ Hartfordinthepastandwehopethatthis will continue in these difficult times.