The Trussell Trust are behind most of the UK food banks. They’r busier than ever – the details below come from their blog. Last December was the busiest month for food parcels needed in the last year – and figures suggest this December could be a whole lot harder.
Data released recently shows December 2018 was the busiest month for food banks last year. 186,185 three-day emergency food parcels were provided by food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network to people in crisis; 78,536 of these went to children. This is 44% higher than the monthly average for the 2018-19 financial year.
Just weeks ago, the charity published figures for April – Sept 2019, showing that there has already been a 23% increase in the number of food parcels provided compared to the same period in 2018.https://www.trusselltrust.org/
You might also have seen that there’s an app run by a newly elected Conservative MP – an app that charges food banks to register lists of what they need.https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/foodbank-app-miriam-cates-mp-conservative-general-election-universal-credit-a9245901.html
It seems that a £180 fee to register on a website is money that could be better spent by any food bank. It seems like this is an attempt to profit from food poverty. Hideous.
So a reminder of what we’re doing.
We’ve sold lots of yarn since this started – so £500 has been sent over to the Trussell Trust this morning. Thank you to everyone who made that possible.
There’s still plenty of yarn on the sale page – so if you were thinking of doing some yarn shopping then please have a look.