Tanisha Bramwell says her food bank in Dewsbury was running out of groceries as the cost of living crisis left donors without the reserve funds to help. Then the donations turned into just a few tin cans
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Tanisha Bramwell recalls with horror the day her table in Dewsbury ran out of food.
The cost of living crisis hit the West Yorkshire city so hard that donors no longer had the funds to help.
Tanisha, 27, says: “It was absolutely gone. It was absolutely bare. We sat down and at that moment the whole team was kind of drained.”
They feared it was coming as they had seen a drop in the quality of supplies. “We used to get milk, bread, eggs and things like that,” explains Tanisha.
Then the donations at Bramwell’s Foodbank were usually just a few tin cans.
“You can see that they can’t really donate, and they just want to do something and help,” she says.
What’s more, many of the people who originally donated to the service at the start of the pandemic have now been pushed to become customers themselves.
“The majority of the people who are part of our regular offerings used to give weekly donations, be it financial or dropping off groceries for us each week. And they’re users now,” says Tanisha.
But it all came to a head last month when Tanisha realized that with just a hundred pounds in the bank and a few cans on the shelves, she now had the tedious task of turning people away. “They were shocked, kind of apologetic and said, ‘I’m so sorry I reached out,'” she says. “It was a really difficult conversation.
“It can be very difficult for people to get to the point where they’re like, ‘You know what, I really need help. I will reach out and ask for help.
“And then actually getting there and doing that and making progress. And then to hear in return ‘We’re so sorry we need help now too, we don’t know how to support you’.”
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Since going public with a social media post explaining they need help, the Tafel has received an influx of supplies from the local community, but Tanisha isn’t sure this will last long .
“It’s very difficult,” she says. “People expect food banks to be funded with a lot of money and everything is fine, everything is great. And it’s just not the case at all.
“There was so much funding flow during the first lockdown. But unfortunately the pandemic has spawned so many other social needs. And funders need to prioritize different needs.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/food-bank-runs-out-food-27233395 Food bank is running out of groceries as owner warns cost-of-living crisis is 'very difficult'