The Trussell Trust runs the largest network of food banks in the UK, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis. Fourteen million people live below the poverty line and in the last year 1,9 million three-day emergency food supplies were distributed to people in crisis.
“The food bank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”
We provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in Wandsworth, and the UK. We're part of the Trussell Trust, which supports a nationwide network of food banks.
During lockdown, we provided emergency food supplies to more than 1200 local households referred to us in severe hardship. Seven in ten had never had to use the Foodbank before. As furlough ends, unemployment rises and winter comes, we're sadly expecting more local people than ever to need to use our food bank.
We know it takes more than food to end hunger. That’s why we're really pleased to provide advice and casework to people referred to us, through our Foodbank Advice Project - a partnership with Citizens Advice Wandsworth, funded by Henry Smith Foundation and Asda. Through this, we're helping local people to resolve problems with issues including benefits, housing, employment and domestic violence that have pulled them into severe hardship.
We're looking to a future where food banks are no longer needed - where we all have the income we need to cover food and basic essentials. So every year we look at why people in Wandsworth Borough have had to use our food bank, and what systems and policies could be strengthened to protect people from hardship. You can see our research here. We also contribute data and insights to Trussell Trust nationally, as we work together to end the need for food banks.
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