The past has seen rising levels of need in the food banks and MBC will be helping the Salvation Army Food Bank in Maidstone with £20k, and Maidstone Family Food Bank with £30k, in order that they can increase their support for those in need for an extended period of time.
Food banks are vital to many people and are run by community organisations supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life.
Maidstone accounts for 25% of food boxes that are distributed across Kent, and the food banks have seen a 100% increase this December in deliveries across the borough due to various reasons including the Coronavirus and financial hardship.
MBC Leader, Cllr David Burton said:
We know it has been a very difficult time for many people over the past couple of years as the Covid pandemic has continued. The Council is pleased to be able to support these local community organisations which are providing such an essential service in our borough and helping people who may not be able to afford the food they need.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who work so tirelessly at the food banks across the borough and to all volunteers for their continued dedication not just at Christmas but all year round.
Working with the Salvation Army and Family Foodbank Maidstone, the Council will also be monitoring the number of people using their services and offering support to anyone who may need help with housing, Covid vaccination advice and financial hardship.
More information about the Salvation Army and Maidstone Family Foodbank can be found via their websites:
Salvation Army: https://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/maidstone
Maidstone Family Foodbank: https://www.familyfoodbank.org/