Banking on Food
Trussell Trust Has Fed Nearly 1 million
At the turn of the millennium, you were probably about as likely to have heard of a food bank as you were Facebook. The Trussell Trust hadn’t even launched its first one. By 2011, Trussell Trust was responsible for providing three days emergency food support to 128,000 people. Last year, that number exploded to 913,000. Despite food banks being a last resort to those who visit, more and more are being referred to them every year.
For years, families throughout the country have stood firm in the face of increases in fuel bills and the general cost of living. However, many who were managing before are now unable to. Without food banks, and the tireless dedication from those running them, many people would simply run out of food to eat.
Food poverty in the UK is spiralling. Unfortunately, the issues that cause food poverty are as numerous as they are complex, with no easy answer. If it wasn’t for food banks such as the ones provided by Trussell Trust with the support of Unilever and Oxfam, thousands of families would be suffering today.
We often feel powerless to help those in need, but Trussell Trust has made it easy by showing the different ways you can get involved on its website. There are loads of things you can do to make a difference, be it donating food, time or giving money. Every action helps create a brighter future for those visiting, and provides a helping hand to get them back on their feet.
We hope that food banks won’t be necessary in future generations. Help make that bright future a reality, raise awareness and #ClearAPlate today.