Gloucestershire

Gloucester foodbank says need has 'doubled'

The organisation that runs Gloucester's foodbank says it has been "overwhelmed" by the amount of people using the service.

Acting manager Lizzie Manley said numbers have doubled in the last year and they were "busy all the time".

"In 2011/12 we fed 2,861 people, but this year we've fed 4,140 and some of the stories we hear are heartbreaking."

The Trussell Trust which runs seven Gloucestershire foodbanks said it would be providing 800 Christmas dinners.

Ms Manley who manages the Gloucester facility, the largest in the county, said: "We're feeding 100 people a week.

"We've got the people you'd expect - like the homeless - but half are people who are working who can't make ends meet and don't have enough money to buy food."

She said they needed to find new office premises and they were also looking for more volunteers to collect the food from supermarket collection points.

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