STUDENTS from across the Vale heard how foodbanks are outnumbering branches of global fast-food chain McDonalds in the UK.
The event was organised for students on Early Years, and Health and Social Care courses at Evesham College and heard how there were three food charities in Evesham and one branch of McDonalds.
Guest speakers were Diane Bennett, of the Caring Hands in the Vale, which runs the foodbank currently based at the Vale of Evesham Christian Centre, and Dave Boucker, of Evesham Adventure Playground Association.
The adventure playground runs the Community Pantry scheme which distributes food at its sell-by-date donated by supermarkets and the Pie and a Play scheme for children to play and have a hot meal during school holidays.
Both told students how they do more than hand out food parcels and are at times the first point of contact for people to get advice on contributing factors to their need for foodbank support, such as the breakdown in relationships, debt and homelessness.
“One of the students asked me if I thought there would always be foodbanks,” Diane said.
“Anyone who is involved in a foodbank will say that one of their main aims is to not be needed, but there are always going to be people who fall through the cracks and there must be people there to pick them up when they do.”
Some 32 students attended the conference which was held at WCG’s Pershore College with each asked to donate an item which was handed to the foodbank run by Caring Hands in the Vale.