Whitehawk Foodbank is bracing itself for a hectic Christmas after already experiencing its busiest week on record.
The foodbank, which is based at and run by St Cuthman’s Church, provided food for 62 people on Wednesday, November 21.
Manager Richard Merrick, 45, said: “The general upward trend is partly to do with delays in payments of Universal Credit. The seasonal increases are due to the extra demands on family finances at this time of the year.”
The food bank, which provides parcels containing three days worth of non-perishable food, is only open once a week, on Wednesdays, between midday and 2pm.
The busiest session on record has come at a time when The Trussell Trust, the poverty charity behind The Whitehawk Foodbank and many others, has warned it expects this December to be the busiest month on record for foodbanks across the country.
Mr Merrick said: “We have an amazing team of volunteers and a good system in place to be able to cope with the demand on the day, but it does mean that we go through our supplies quicker which makes us more dependent on the generous people of Brighton for their continued support with donations.”
To find out more about donating to the foobank, visit: thewhitehawk.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/