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At the start of the Corona virus pandemic, an unprecedented rise in foodbank use was seen across the UK. Of course, the fact that people were being 'locked down' and not able to work will have had a big affect but the number of people relying on emergency food supplies has rocketed over the past 20 years. 

The Trussell Trust has seen the number of people receiving 3 days's worth of emergency food shoot up from 25,899 in 2008/9 to 1,900,122 in 2019/20 - an increase of 7237%! This dramatic increase in foodbank reliance is thought to have been caused by people's income dropping, often because they had lost their job - or because their benefit payments failed to keep up with the cost of living. There has certainly been more media coverage of the accessibility of foodbanks in recent years so I do think this has probably contributed to rise also.

In April this year, a huge number of food banks were forced to close with depleting stock and plummeting staff numbers as the predominantly older volunteer workforce self-isolated. Stock levels have since levelled out but it is clear to see that they are probably a mainstay of UK life now and will be in years to come.

So who can use a foodbank and what can they provide?
  • Foodbanks don't just provide food - Many food banks also provide extras such as toiletries, nappies, and cleaning products. Some even provide advice on housing, finance and welfare.
  • Foodbanks aren't only used by people who don't know how to budget - Anyone in crisis can find themselves short of money for essentials. People on low incomes are usually actually very innovative when it comes to managing extremely low budgets, but when a 'life shock' appears (such as illness or redundancy) there is often no savings to cushion family finances.
  • Even if you work, you can still use a foodbank - Anybody that is in need of emergency food / supplies can go to a foodbank. 
There are large organisations such as The Trussell Trust and the Independent Food Aid Network (ifan), as well has thousands of locally run foodbanks.

As a business, we have donated 315 meals that will go to vulnerable people across the UK through Shop and Donate - a community hub which converted into a foodbank to combat the growing problem of Covid-19.

 As of October 2020, they have:
  • Delivered 3,064 meals to vulnerable people
  • Sent 3,720 food packages to the NHS
  • Sent 3,860 food parcels to vulnerable people
  • Called 2,650 vulnerable people to check on their wellbeing
  • Collected 1,170kg of food
  • Helped 50,000 people through food banks per year
What an amazing organisation! We would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteers that run these places and, of course a big thank you so those who donate to them. If you would like to either buy a food parcel or make a donation, click here.

As a business, we are invested in helping local and wider communities and have a dedicated CSR committee. If you would like to work for a company with a strong moral compass, why not get in touch today to find out about our vacancies.
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