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An emergency food parcel is a turning point of many people's lives,' says Mark Dunne, the food programme manager.
THERE is a commonly held belief that food banks are available to all and sundry and anyone can walk in and ask for a food parcel.
They provide us with a great food parcel at least once a week that contains a real mixed bag of quality produce and goods.
In 2013 more than 5850 people have been given a food parcel, an increase of 40% on 2012.
Under the initiative, a weekly food parcel is delivered to each hostel for a nominal fee, with a package made up of dried or tinned foods.
They receive the food parcel in the hospital before they go home, so do not have to worry about what they are going to eat for a couple of days.
At Christmas, we provide festive food parcels including mince pies, Christmas puddings, crackers, treats and ham alongside the standard food parcel.
All food is donated by local people and every person in receipt of a food parcel is referred by a frontline care professional such as a doctor or social worker.
Arfon AM Alun Ffred Jones (above) says the high demand for the food parcel service is a damning "indictment of the times"
The PS19,591 fund has been set up in response to the growth of emergency food parcel services in the area and a greater reliance on lunch clubs and community cafes which provide affordable and nutritional meals.
HOPE+ Foodbank has given out its 15,000th food parcel.
She was finally forced to ask for a food parcel at Llandudno charity Hope Restored.