Help feed those in need in Buxton this Christmas

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Join our ‘Feed our Families’ campaign this Christmas and help make a difference to the people who may be facing food poverty over the festive season.

Between July and September 187 adults had to turn to the High Peak Foodbank for help, there were also 43 families which included 54 children who needed to take food donations.

The Buxton Advertiser is supporting the High Peak Foodbank to make sure the supplies are well stocked and no one has to go without the basics this Christmas.

Group editor Nancy Fielder said: “You have the power to improve lives - the lives of your neighbours, friends and colleagues. Take a look in your cupboards. Buy an extra tin of beans when you do the weekly shop.”

High Peak Foodbank helps people in Buxton and the surrounding areas by providing emergency food parcels for those facing food poverty, tackling the problems that caused people to need a food bank and operating a work and skills programme which helps people with more complex backgrounds find suitable work, sometimes after years of being unemployed.

Foodbank co-ordinator Lizzie Walton said: “This time of year has its particular challenges, which are exacerbated if you are struggling financially, mainly because of higher utility bills and also the extra financial pressures of Christmas.”

Last year several families came to the foodbank as all their available money was earmarked for gas and electric as they needed to keep themselves and their families warm.

Lizzie said: “One family had to spend a large proportion of their monthly income on replacing their boiler and this left them without money to buy food.

“We were able to help which meant that they didn’t have to worry about food bills for a week or two and could avoid getting into debt.”

This year staff at the foodbank have completed an ‘avoiding fuel debt’ training course.

In addition, High Peak Community and Voluntary Support in Whaley Bridge are running an initiative to help High Peak people stay warm this winter and a group of our volunteers will be attending training there so they can give our service users help with reducing energy bills, switching providers for better deals, applying for energy-related grants etc.

By arming staff with information they can help families dealing with the financial challenges and avoid associated debts.

The foodbank service will be available all over the festive period including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the new year period.