Over the last month, the Isle of Wight Foodbank has fed over 1,600 people, however, the first week of the Summer Holidays saw an additional 174 people use its service.

The top things the foodbank needs are:

  • Long-life fruit juice
  • Tinned Spaghetti
  • Puddings
  • Tinned Veg
  • Coffee
  • Deodorant
  • Single toothbrushes
  • Washing up liquid
  • Toilet rolls

Textiles such as bedding, towels and clothing, which is sold at the bank’s site in Love Lane, Cowes are also needed.

There are donation and collection points in all the major supermarkets across the Island, which are collected by the food bank throughout the week.

Hannah King, the manager said:

“THE FIGURE  DEFINITELY HAS GONE UP, I WOULD SAY THERE IS A SMALL PERCENTAGE DUE TO THE BENEFIT CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON, BUT WE DON’T TEND TO LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS AS MUCH AS HOW WE CAN JUST HELP THOSE WHO ARE COMING THROUGH, AS LONG AS WE HAVE GOT ENOUGH FOOD TO FEED THOSE WHO NEED IT- WE ARE HAPPY.”

The news comes after it was revealed earlier this year, that demand for the bank had increased on the Island by 4% from April 2018 to March this year.