The organisers of Monmouth and District Food Bank are reaching out to people in need and to those not in receipt of benefits.

Currently the service in Monmouth operates out the Baptist Church in Monk Street on Fridays between 10am and noon with referrals from those in receipt of benefits and various agencies.

Foodbank manager Clare Robinson says that the local branch is appealing to those in need, who are not necessarily on benefit, but are on low incomes, or have just started a new job and do not get paid for a month. or so

Ms Robinson said that its become obvious people in Monmouth are reluctant to ask for help. She added: “While Monmouth is deemed a relatively affluent area, there are still people who need the support of a foodbank.

“Everything here is very discrete and there is no stigma attached in attending.

“We’ve helped those who have just started employment to those who’ve found themselves in debt, or suffering from health issues, while others are struggling because they have been sanctioned by social security.

“These are just some of the issues why people had to turn to a food bank for help. As well as distributing food, we also offer a wide range of advice, help and support to those who need it.”

The foodbank is operated by the Monmouth Churches Together group and the Trussell Trust.