The Trussell Trust runs a Network of 425 foodbanks across the UK, in partnership with churches and local communities. People in crises are referred to Trussell Trust foodbanks by a frontline care professional who gives them a voucher that will allow them to redeem 3 days worth of nutritionally balanced emergency food for their household from a Trussell Trust foodbank. Over 90% of Trussell Trust foodbanks provide additional services alongside food to help people out of crisis more quickly and to tackle the underlying causes of hunger and poverty.
Our M.P. Roberta Blackman Woods said: “I am extremely concerned about the growing number of people using foodbanks in Durham just to survive. Between April and September 2015, Durham Foodbank gave 6,413 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis. 2023 of the three day emergency food supplies were given to children.
These figures are at worryingly high levels and are a huge cause for concern in the build up to Christmas. It is clear that many children would go hungry if it were not for the brilliant work done by the Trussell Trust, Durham Foodbank, helpers and the action of many local stores like Tesco.
Let’s hope that no child will go hungry this Christmas thanks to everyone’s generosity and perhaps the Government will learn a thing or two from the kindness of all those who participate and are so willing to give to those who are less fortunate, for so many different reasons, than themselves.”
For information on how you can support the excellent work of the Durham Foodbank visit their website at durham.foodbank.org.uk