As the current cost of living crisis continues to bite hard many families are turning to food banks for the first time for help as they choose between heating and eating.
it’s difficult to state the exact number of people in Wales but across the UK according to the Trussel Trust it’s likely to be around 2.56 million.
In the run-up to Christmas, when it becomes even more challenging we visited the Lifeshare foodbank in Copperworks Road in Llanelli to better understand the scale of the problem and how they operate.
Established in December 2011, Lifeshare Foodbank has been at the heart of the Glan Y Mor area of Llanelli.
Lifeshare is an independent Foodbank and part of Antioch church’s community expression.
I met Philippa Wisdom the Lifeshare Foodbank manager and also the ladies who run the Centre and the Cafe and asked them how the centre dealt with so many enquiries, ensuring that the most needy are able to access their services without any worries or concerns about benefits etc.
I was also keen to understand what visiting a foodbank was like for many first-timers.
What started as a short friendly visit was a truly rewarding experience and after several cups of tea later I bid my farewells, comforted by the fact that far fewer people would be going hungry this Christmas
thanks to their valiant efforts and the many volunteers who freely give their time to help.
Please feel free to click on the link below to watch my video.
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd dda. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Lifeshare Foodbank works on a voucher referral basis, working with a number of key community organisations to ensure help and support for those that are financially struggling.
If you need to contact Lifeshare they are open Tuesday and Thursday.
If you need help accessing a voucher, would like to be a partner or for more queries, please contact 01554 741674 or email email@example.com
Closed Christmas week.
If you would like to donate to the Foodbank, you can find all the information
on their website