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Translation Required: Swansea food banks urgently need donations

Translation Required: Food banks in Swansea are appealing for more donations as increased demand, resulting from the coronavirus pandemic has led to a shortage of food.

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The food banks in Swansea are well established as vital support networks within the community but their stocks have been hit as a result of increased demands over recent weeks.

Swansea Council has been supporting the food banks with supplies to ensure that they are able to cope with the increased demand, and has setup four food distribution sites in community centres across Swansea.

However, several food banks in the city are running low on essential items such as rice, pasta, UHT Milk, tinned meat and fish, vegetables, tomatoes, tinned fruit, long life fruit juice, long life bread, instant coffee, pet food, nappies and baby food and people are also being encouraged to donate other food and household items.

Alyson Pugh, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Better Communities, said: "The food distribution centres we have quickly set up are providing a vital source of food for all the food banks in the city.

"But people are going to struggle like I have never seen before in my lifetime. There's a lack of work now, which leads to a lack of money, and sadly we don't know for how long."

Food banks, of which there are 18 across Swansea, provide a vital lifeline for many people living in financial difficulty and never more so than now.  

However, they are now facing an unprecedented challenge due to coronavirus, which comes at a time where food banks are already dealing with record numbers of people in need of emergency food.

Cllr Pugh added: "Coronavirus can infect us all, it does not discriminate. However, its affects are having a greater impact on vulnerable people and those facing poverty.

"Our advice is that food banks are still open and people should still go through the normal process of getting a referral.

"Food is crucial for everyone and our food banks are going to be a lifeline for many people. As a council we are desperately trying to help the food banks with regular deliveries of food.

"The public have always been very good at donating to the food banks and I ask you now to please, if you can, to continue to do so. We need all the help we can get. "

Some food banks are starting to see a marked decline in donations because of coronavirus.

Theresa Flipping of Clase Foodbank, which operates out of Clase Community Centre, said: "We only have 5 tins of meat whereas we would normally have over 40 for a week."

Items in particular demand include toiletries, household cleaning products (bleach), tinned meat, pet food, nappies and baby food.

People can donate items at most supermarkets. Donation bins are usually positioned close to the checkouts and exits.

Alternatively, people can drop off donations at their local food bank. Visit www.swansea.gov.uk/foodbanks for details of opening times and when the public can drop off donations.

Local businesses able to donate items in bulk are encouraged to get in touch via email: community.action@swansea.gov.uk.

For the latest on the council's response to the coronavirus pandemic visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirusadvice.

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