Agents Giving are proud to support The Trussell Trust, the UK Food bank Network to help tackle poverty in the UK
The Coronavirus is an unprecedented challenge for local food banks, and we don’t yet know how things will unfold. The Trussell Trust and other food bank centres are working with their network on how best to support people, and wherever possible, food banks will continue to provide the lifeline of emergency food.
Food banks are running low on many items and this is where we can help, with anything we might have in our cupboard, ask your friends, family and neighbours if they can also donate a tin or two to collect up and donate, or buy a couple of items at the supermarket and donate onto your local food bank. Many of the food banks are still open, some on reduced hours but remain in desperate need of food.
We encourage you where possible to continue donating after checking with your local food bank what items are most needed, these lists can be found on the food banks website.
The Trussell Trust have 1,200 food bank centres in their network, giving services like money advice, holiday clubs and cookery courses, helping support people in crisis across the UK, where thirteen million people live below the poverty line.
In the last year they gave 1.6 million three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, half a million went to children. New national data highlights the growing proportion of food bank referrals due to benefit levels not covering the costs of essentials, such as housing and food.
Individuals are going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.
The Trussell Trust recognise that stopping hunger is about More Than Food, which is why they work with food banks to provide a range of services like money advice and Fuel Banks, helping people to break the cycle of poverty.