The Trussell Trust
The Trussell Trust is a charity whose aim is to “Stop UK Hunger”. Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill while on a low income, or relationship breakdown. Over 400 food banks nationwide provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In 2015/16, they gave 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. The Trussell Trust recognise that stopping hunger is about More Than Food, which is why they’re working with food banks to provide a range of new services like money advice and Fuel Banks, helping people to break the cycle of poverty.
The Year 9 health and social care group, after learning about food poverty and the number of people including children who go hungry, decided to start a collection in school. They had a visit from Wendy and John from the Leeds South and East food bank who have 11 locations locally, who talked to them about the difference that the food bank makes in individuals lives. The collection is taking place from Monday 30th January until Friday 10th February and all tinned or packet items are welcome. Locally the food bank is in need of toiletries, baby items, tinned and packet potato’s, juice, coffee, custard and UHT or powered milk. Monetary donations are also welcome as the food bank costs approximately £1,600 per month to run.