A new delivery service for families in Potters Bar who are in food poverty has been launched thanks in part to council funding.
Potters Bar Foodbank is now providing a delivery service, courtesy of a new foodbank van, for those families and individuals referred to them who are unable to collect from their centre, or to collect bulk donations from supermarkets. We contributed £15,000 towards the new service and a further donation was provided by a local company in Potters Bar.
Rising pressures on household budgets has meant there’s been an increased pressure on foodbanks, with Potters Bar foodbank seeing a 60% rise in the number of people needing assistance since January 2022.
The new delivery service will ensure foodbank services are more accessible to residents, making it easier for those with mobility, healthcare, or other logistical issues to get the help they need.
Councillor Meenal Sachdev, Portfolio Holder for Community, Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, said: “We have seen a rise in food poverty, with foodbanks across the borough reporting an unprecedented demand.
“Having a delivery service will be pivotal in ensuring everyone has access to the support they need.
"We’re committed to working with other organisations to tackle the root causes of food poverty and to help support partners to enhance services for those in our communities struggling to get food on the table.”
In response to the increased pressure on foodbanks, we set up the Food Poverty Alliance, an initiative to bring together partners to reduce food poverty and food insecurity in the borough and to enhance services.
Through this, the ‘Worrying about Money?’ leaflet was designed and delivered to help all households across the borough in March to help more people identify and access local advice providers as well as existing entitlement.
Additionally, residents can get further information about financial support on the council’s new webpage www.hertsmere.gov.uk/financialsupport.
Posted on Wednesday 27th July 2022