Thursday, 6 September 2012

U.K. hungry need Emergency Food. The Trussell Trust Charity Foodbanks. Effects of the Recession. The Guardian Breadline Britain Project. Foodbanks at Churches in Truro and Perranporth.

Many people over-indulge in junk food, drink too much alcohol and lead a couch-potato lifestyle resulting in poor health and lack of fitness. It is not surprising then that great Interest was shown in the BBC programme Eat, Fast and Live Longer and in other related articles.

Those who don't have enough to eat are the other side of the coin, and the B.B.C’s Newsnight programme this week brought the current plight of the hungry in the U.K. to public attention, with an interview with Chris Mould, who runs the Trussell Trust. This is a Christian charity, founded by Carol and Paddy Henderson, who started U.K:foodbanks:  there are now 250 and the goal of the Trust is to have a foodbank in every town.

Last year, the Trussell Trust provided  emergency food for 128,687 people in the U.K., a 100% increase on 2010-2011. It liaises with health and social workers so that further help is given to those down on their luck. It helps churches and local communities set up their own foodbanks, and relies on grants, donations of money and in-date non-perishable food. 
A typical supply from the foodbank includes:

  • UHT or powdered milk
  • Sugar (500g)
  • Fruit juice (carton)
  • Soup
  • Pasta sauces
  • Sponge pudding (tinned)
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Rice pudding (tinned)
  • Tea Bags/instant coffee
  • Instant mashed potato
  • Rice/pasta
  • Tinned meat/fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • Jam
Biscuits or snack bar

Food Bank volunteer filling a box
The recession, high unemployment, redundancy, council tax, rent arrears, doorstep loans, changes in benefits, escalating costs of petrol and food are just some of the reasons why people cannot afford to feed themselves or their families. The Trussell Trust estimates 13 million people live below the breadline in the UK.

The Guardian is currently running a Breadline Britain Project to assess the effects of the recession.

Clothing Bank, Truro Methodist Car Park

In Truro, Cornwall, there are two foodbanks where food is given out, and one in Perranporth.

Methodist Church, Union Place.                Mondays 10-1pm Thursdays 10-1pm
All Saints, Highertown.                                 Tuesdays 10-12 noon
St Michael’s Church, Perranporth.            Tuesdays 10-12 noon

There is also a clothing bank by the Methodist Church car park.These clothes are free whereas clothes would have to be paid for at charity shops.

Tesco Truro Basket showing donations to the Trussell Trust
Donations  of food can be made in Tesco and Sainsburys stores in Truro at any time, and at All Saints Church, Highertown, Tuesdays, between 10am - 12 noon.