The Trussell Trust
The sheer volume of people who are turning to foodbanks because they can’t afford food is a wake-up call to the nation that we cannot ignore the hunger on our doorstep. Politicians across the political spectrum urgently need to recognise the real extent of UK food poverty and create fresh policies that better address its underlying causes. This is more important than ever as the impact of the biggest reforms to the welfare state since it began start to take effect. Since April 1st we have already seen increasing numbers of people in crisis being sent to foodbanks with nowhere else to go.
Lasy year the Trussell Trust estimated that our foodbanks would help 250,000 people in 2012-13; we’ve helped 100,000 more than that. 2012-13 was much tougher for people than many anticipated. Incomes are being squeezed to breaking point. We’re seeing people from all kinds of backgrounds turning to foodbanks: working people coming in on their lunch breaks, mums who are going hungry to feed their children, people whose benefits have been delayed and people who are struggling to find enough work. It’s shocking that people are going hungry in 21st century Britain.
- They are Christian organisation that provides three days’ non-perishable food to people in need.
- Over 90% of the food given out is donated by the public.
- The Trussell Trust currently have 345 foodbanks across the UK. They are opening 3 new foodbanks each week, and estimate there would need to be 750-1000 in order to help people in crisis across the UK. Don’t you think that’s a bit disgusting, in Britain, in this day and age?
- The Trussell Trust does not receive any government funding.
It is well and truly shocking that these days, people in the UK have to result in using food banks.<br /><br />I think it is really lovely that members of the public donate food to good causes like this and when I am finally off benefits, I will be donating weekly to them. <br /><br />The Job centre is getting slammed at the moment as well because when new claims for JSA and IS claims are made,