How FoodBanks Work:
FOOD IS DONATED
Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to a food bank. Large collections often take place as part of seasonal celebrations such as harvest and Christmas, and food is also collected at supermarkets.
FOOD IS SORTED & STORED
Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and store it ready to be given to people who are referred to food banks in crisis. More than 40,000 people give up their time to volunteer at food banks across the UK.
PROFESSIONALS IDENTIFY PEOPLE IN NEED
Food banks partner with a wide range of care professionals such as doctors, teachers, health visitors and social workers to identify people in crisis and give them a food bank voucher to access emergency food.
CLIENTS RECEIVE FOOD
People bring their voucher to a food bank centre where it can be redeemed for three days’ emergency food. Volunteers welcome people and offer them further support to help resolve the crisis they face.
We’ve worked with nutritionists to develop a food parcel that contains sufficient nutrition for adults and children, for at least three days of healthy, balanced meals for individuals and families.
A typical food parcel includes:
- Tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce
- Lentils, beans and pulses
- Tinned meat
- Tinned vegetables
- Tinned fruit
- UHT milk
- Fruit juice
Today in the UK many thousands of families are struggling to put food on the table. We can’t sit by and let that happen.
The Trussell Trust is here to help people across the UK lift themselves out of poverty through the provision of emergency food, support and advice.
Foodbanks in the Trussell Trust network gave out nearly 1.2 million three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis and our data shows that the main reasons for a foodbank referral are delays and changes to benefits, and low income issues that include people who are struggling with low pay or insecure forms of employment.
It is our experience that people living in poverty are more likely to experience a sudden short term crisis which would lead to them being referred for emergency food and support. For these people foodbanks are a lifeline and The Trussell Trust is extremely grateful to the public for the generous donations of food, toiletries and finance that help foodbanks keep their doors open.
With your help, we can continue to be a lifeline to people in crisis by providing vital support when it is needed most and help them get their lives back on track.
Together, we can stop UK hunger.
Items to Donate
We always welcome donations and promise to use them to provide help to adults and children in crisis. All non-perishable items are welcome such as: tinned food; cereal; tea/coffee; fruit juice and biscuits. Non food items can also be donated such as toiletries and even dog food. A Foodbank donation box is located in the foyer of the Gathering Place.