Tuesday 1st October 2013
Chiltern Woodland Burials as a vital part of the local community has set itself and its visitors a target of collecting 2013 items for the local foodbank – helping local families in crisis.
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with Trussell Trust UK” commented Kate Harris, Park Manager
The Chiltern Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network, which provides emergency food to thousands of people every year. A sudden crisis, such as bereavement, can leave people in financial difficulties and unable to feed themselves and their family.
In 2011-12 foodbanks fed 128,687 people nationwide, and in 2012-13 Trussell Trust anticipate this number will rise to over 230,000. 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.
How does it work?
The Trussell Trust’s UK foodbank network partners with communities nationwide to launch foodbanks that provide three days of emergency food to men, women and children in crisis. The economic downturn has seen the need for foodbanks soar right across the UK. New foodbanks are opening at the rate of three a week and the number of people fed by foodbanks has doubled to almost 130,000 in the last year alone.
The simple, practical gift of food and support at the point of crisis changes lives.
The use of a highly effective and pioneering social franchise model has enabled The Trussell Trust to respond incredibly quickly, sensitively and effectively to the growing need for emergency food in the UK by helping communities to start foodbanks. In April 2012 The Trussell Trust launched their 200th UK foodbank a year ahead of our target.
The impact of a foodbank
Foodbanks help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. A simple box of food makes a big difference.All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services.
Why do people need emergency food?
Today people across the UK will struggle to feed themselves and their families. Redundancy, illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and paying for the additional costs of heating during winter are just some of the reasons why people go hungry.
What’s in a foodbox?
Each foodbox contains a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.
Frontline care professionals identify people in need
Care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher. Foodbanks partner with a wide range of care professionals who are best placed to assess need and make sure that it is genuine.
Clients receive food
Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.Some foodbanks also run a rural delivery service, which takes emergency foodboxes to clients living in rural areas who cannot afford to get to a foodbank.
So how can you help?
Simply pop into the park and drop off any items from the essential shopping list. We’ll keep you updated towards our progress on-line so stay in touch and be part of making a real difference to someone’s life
t: 01494 872158