Focus on: The Trussell Trust

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FOODBANKS

We know it takes more than food to end hunger.  That’s why we bring together the experiences of food banks in our networks to challenge the structural economic issues that lock people in poverty and campaign to end the need for foodbanks in the UK.

THE TRUSSELL TRUST

The Trussell Trust was founded in 1997 by Carol and Paddy Henderson.  It was based on a legacy left by Carols mother, Betty Trussell (hence the Trussell Trust).

In 2000 Paddy received a call from a mother in Salisbury saying: ‘My children are going to bed hungry tonight – what are you going to do about it?’

After investigating data on poverty and deprivation in the UK.  He found that significant numbers of people faced going hungry as a result of a sudden crisis.

From his garden shed and garage Paddy started Salisbury Foodbank, providing 3 days of food to help local people in crisis.

The Trussell Trust now supports a network of foodbanks which provide emergency food to people in crisis and additional support to help tackle the root causes that sweep people into poverty.  The also build peoples resilience so they are less likely to need the food bank in the future.

AIM

The aim of The Trussell Trust is to end hunger and poverty in the UK.  They support a network of food banks and together they provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty.  They campaign for change to end the need for Foodbanks in the UK.

TODAY

Today we support over 1,200 foodbank centres across the UK.  Together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, while also campaigning to end the need for food banks.

(source: The Trussell Trust )

 

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