Foodbank Lifeline Foundation expected to help more than 16,000 people in 2019
The Foodbank Lifeline Foundation which belongs to the Methodist Church in Malta, has continued with its work to distribute food to needy families. The Foundation said that by the end of this year, it is expected to help more than 16,000 people at an expense of a quarter of a million Euro.
In the first five months of this year, it distributed food to more than 6,400 people and it estimates that by the end of the year it will have helped more than 16,500 people who are in difficulty. This was stated by Rev. Kim Hurst during a meeting with members of the Foundation who supply the food donations and funds, as well as the volunteers who do their part for the food to be collected and distributed from their centres in Valletta, Paola, St Paul’s Bay and Birkirkara.
According to the Foundation, their expenses are expected to go up to €225,000 by the end of the year.
Rev Hurst, who leads the Methodist Church in Malta said that the Foodbank was launched after a member of the church saw a person searching for food in a rubbish bin which belongs to a restaurant.
Rev. Kim Hurst said, “that person came and spoke to me and said you have some experience with food banks what can we do to help? So we started the food bank just thinking that it would help a few people, but it has grown and is making a big difference in people’s life”.
She added that the Foundation helps more than 100 families a week who are sent for help by social workers who work with various agencies.
Rev. Kim Hurst said, “we work with agencies such as Leap with charities such as the Jesuit refugee service, mental health, the oncology department at Mater Dei where there are social workers who work alongside families, whom they assess as being in need and whom they will refer to us. We provide food so that the professionals can provide the care.”
The Foundation said that because of the increased demands, to continue with its work it needs around €10,000 per month.