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Llanelli Rotary members help the Food Bank

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Llanelli Rotary members help the Food Bank

Members of Llanelli Rotary Club have again been busy collecting for the Llanelli Food Bank based at Myrtle House.

The food bank distributes much-needed food parcels to needy families and individuals in Llanelli.

Co-ordinator Claire Childs told Rotarians: "The problem is massive. We are hearing from more agencies and more people are becoming involved. But we are running out of food quite quickly. We are really struggling at the moment because the demand has got so big so quickly."

Back in May last year the number of needy people seeking essential food aid had doubled to almost 100 people. Many had literally nothing in the house at all, said Claire.

She said: "We really need food at the moment. If anybody wants to come and donate food or bring it to the food bank, we are open five days a week, from 10am to 1pm. We don't buy food, we rely on food donated by local people. It is a case of the community helping itself."

She said there were many reasons for the crises affecting so many people in Llanelli.

"I think there's a general tightening of belts all round. Everyone, whether or not they are vulnerable in society and even people who are moderately affluent are having to tighten their belts. It's just difficult for everyone. A lot of people are having benefit delays because of the financial climate we have."

The service started up in March last year and is helped by the Elim Church.

Donations of tinned and non-perishable food are being sought.

Claire added: "A lot of the people who come to us for help are very vulnerable. We gave out nearly a tonne of food last month. It's a lot of food. A lot of people who would have gone hungry are being helped."

All food aid donations are gratefully received