The Trussell Trust runs the largest network of foodbanks in the UK, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis. Thirteen million people live below the poverty line and in the last year we gave 1,332,952 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.
National figures released today reveal that between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, The Trussell Trust Foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, a 13% increase on the previous year. In comparison, our own figures for the same period indicate that the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank distributed 9,809 food parcels, a staggering 22% increase. Mirroring the national picture, low income is the biggest and fastest growing reason for Foodbank use in our area. No recourse to public funds represents another significant factor contributing to the surge in the Norwood and Brixton Foodbank use.
On Saturday, 5th May we have the exciting opportunity to run a supermarket collection at Sainsbury’s on Brixton Water Lane. Supermarket collections are one of the most important ways in which we gather food and play a vital part in maintaining our food supplies.
We’re still in need of volunteers to sign up for 2 hour slots. If you can help please sign up below.
Our Foodbank has given out record numbers of food parcels in the last year. But thankfully, we’ve received record numbers of food donations too! 75 tonnes of food were given to us between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018 and it’s only because of this generosity that we can meet the increased demand.
Thank you so much for your ever increasing support.
‘South London Stories’ is an evocative collection of photos and stories from talented journalist James Hopkirk depicting the often unseen struggle for many in our borough. James is a huge supporter of our Foodbank and we feature in his exhibition, along with several other local charities.
If you would like to view James’ work, it will be exhibited at the Ace of Clubs homeless centre in Clapham on Saturday, 12th May from 12-5pm. Full address details: St Alphonsus Road, SW4 7AS – near Clapham Common tube station.
The Herne Hill Free Film Festival brings local people together to enjoy film in community spaces throughout May. Film enthusiasts can look forward to 21 free film screenings – recent hits, site-specific shows, and inspiration and help for making your own films. Festival-goers will be encouraged to bring food and monetary donations to support our Foodbank.
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