Sandra Picot, deputy mayor of Chambon-sur-Lignon, has managed distributions from the Food Bank for three years. She is sounding the alarm in the face of needs which continue to increase in the commune, but also throughout the Haut-Lignon territory.
“When we arrived at town hall in 2020, we wanted, in conjunction with social services, to develop distributions from the Food Bank. They were done once every three weeks. Today, they take place every Thursday, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the old primary school amphitheater. A portage is also organized for those who cannot travel,” indicates the elected official.
More than three hundred beneficiaries on the Plateau
One hundred and sixty people are welcomed each week. With Les Restos du Coeurthe number of beneficiaries exceeds three hundred on the Plateau, knowing that they are served by one or the other depending on their situation.
“Today, we have more and more people who are working and are no longer able to get by, single-parent families or with only one small salary. 70% of people helped work. This is a population that we didn’t have before. It’s worrying. Once a month, we go to Cussac-sur-Loire to pick up food but, today, we are very limited in the quantities given to us. We must supplement by purchasing products ourselves to continue to properly serve families. »
Beneficiaries of the Food Bank are referred by social workers throughout Haut-Lignon. “As such, we would like to be helped by other municipalities. Donations or financial assistance would be welcome. »
During the annual national collection, the last weekend of November, Chambon-sur-Lignon always figures among the best donors. “Unfortunately, we don’t keep anything. Apart from this collection, we accept all donations. They can be left at the town hall or brought on Thursdays during duty. »