Food Banks are saying goodbye to paper vouchers and have introduced an electronic voucher system which you can apply to at Citizens Advice Bournemouth.

As of April 2017, Bournemouth Council stopped providing the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme which provided those in financial hardship a much needed lifeline.

Citizens Advice Bournemouth are conducting research on the use of Food Banks by its clients as well as the impact the loss of the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme is having on local residents.

If you have found yourself in financial hardship and could have benefitted from the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme, or require the use of a Food Bank, we want to hear from you. The more evidence we can gather, the better we can campaign on the issues that matter.

Trussell Trust foodbanks are designed to provide short-term, emergency support with food during a crisis. Their aim is to relieve the immediate pressure of the crisis by providing food, whilst also offering solutions to help identify and resolve the underlying causes of the crisis.

Once referred, clients provide their voucher number to their nearest foodbank centre where they can receive a parcel containing a minimum of three days’ nutritionally balanced food. Some foodbanks run a delivery service, which takes emergency food boxes to clients living in rural areas who cannot afford to get to a foodbank.

Citizens Advice Bournemouth employees and volunteers regularly donate food to Bournemouth Foodbank. If you wish to donate to or require the use of a foodbank, you can find information about your nearest foodbank here.