A brief overview of who we are and how we got here.
It is arguably more difficult and frustrating to suffer hardship in an affluent area like ours than in a much less prosperous one. Ever since we began, we’ve noticed some fundamental issues that cause many people across Hart to slide into crisis. When those around you appear to have it all; health, wealth and happiness; an unexpected bill or a delay to expected income can turn a survivable situation into one of crisis and despair.
Hart foodbank is a project run by local churches working together towards stopping hunger in our local area.
Starting with one branch in Fleet in September 2011, Hart foodbank was the Trussell Trust’s 100th foodbank and a project of Fleet Methodist Church. In June 2012, Life Church Hook teamed up with the foodbank and we opened our first satellite centre in Hook. Then in December 2012, St Barnabas Church got on board to help us form our third centre in Darby Green, which formed our three centres as we have them today.
Now an initiative of Churches Together in Fleet and Crookham, the foodbank continues to provide food parcels for local people in crisis and strives to help them get back on their feet.
Sadly, the reality is that the foodbank meets a need in Hart.
Carol, 34, from Hartley Wintney lost her part time job:
“We used my pay to buy food, then we got a big energy bill – at the moment the food parcels are the difference between nothing and food on the table for my children.”
Peter, 43, from Fleet was made redundant and is experiencing benefit delays:
“There are no emergency loans available now; the food parcels have meant I could just afford my rent for the month and stay in my flat.”