Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
1,084,604 people in the UK were given 3-day emergency food supplies during 2014/15. This represents a frightening rise in those struggling to feed their families in recent years. By comparison in 2011-12 foodbanks fed 128,687 people nationwide, which was in itself 100% more than the previous year. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help.
The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 250 foodbanks currently launched, our goal is for every town to have one.
We are delighted to host a distribution centre for the Truro Food Bank. Open Mondays and Thursday mornings, you will find volunteers ready to extend a warm welcome in the Revolution Cafe. Clients are issued with vouchers from a large number of ‘front-line’ agencies and simply present that voucher in exchange for three days food and supplies. With each bag of food comes advice of healthy eating…and there are even cooking classes to encourage ‘good value’ cooking.
This is a wonderful – and ever more vital – part of the work of the Christian Church, and an important part of Truro’s city-centre ministry focus.