Trussell Trust

If Universal Credit Rollout Continues, Foodbanks Won't Be Able To Catch Everyone Who Falls

Garry Lemon | Posted 25.09.2017 | UK
Garry Lemon

What we must not become is a charity safety net that catches people because our benefits system is fundamentally flawed. Not just for moral or ethical reasons, but because all of the evidence on Universal Credit leads us to believe that even with the enormous generosity of our donors and the hard work and sacrifice of our volunteers and staff, we will simply not be able to catch everybody who falls.

Charity Says It Can't Meet Demand From Poverty-Stricken Families During Holidays

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Politics

A charity supporting children from poorer families says it has been unable to meet demand from those struggling to feed themselves during the school h...

More Than A Million Children Could Go Hungry This Summer, Figures Show

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Politics

More than a million children could go hungry in England this summer, according to Labour and charity bosses. The party says those that are eligible fo...

UK Foodbank Figures Are Still Increasing, But This Year Something's New

David McAuley | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Politics
David McAuley

This is the first time The Trussell Trust has released a report which outlines observations from foodbanks about the impact of a policy-level change and what can be done to ease any adverse side effects, before it's fully rolled out across the UK. We're raising foodbanks' concerns now, before it's fully rolled out, so our insights can inform efforts to make sure the values on which Universal Credit is built are delivered in practice as it unfolds.

Thousands Raised 'For Katie Hopkins' Legal Fees' - But All Is Not What It Seems

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK

A spoof fundraiser for Katie Hopkins has actually raised more than £14,000 for charity. The page, which is titled “Help raise enough money for Kati...

Here Are Five Ways You Can Help Food Banks Fight Hunger At Christmas

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK

Food banks are handing out more parcels than ever before as Britons battle food poverty in ever-increasing numbers - and Christmas will be no exceptio...

Don't Waste Money On A Cheap Secret Santa Gift - Give To Charity Instead

Andy Webb | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Webb

If you think Secret Santa is all about keeping the kids in the dark as to the true identity of Father Christmas, you're so far off you may as well be ...

Yes, I, Daniel Blake Is True To Life - But That's Not What We Should Be Debating

Sarah Chapman | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Chapman

Late to the party, I finally watched I, Daniel Blake in my local independent cinema this weekend, overpriced, delicious, and soon to feel incongruous ...

Benefit Changes Blamed As Record-Breaking Number Of Food Parcels To Be Handed Out

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK

Foodbanks are on course to hand out more parcels than ever before as anti-poverty campaigners blame benefit delays and changes as the biggest reasons ...

Let's Make This World Food Day About More Than Food

David McAuley | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK
David McAuley

We see stopping hunger as about more than food, which is why additional services, including fuel vouchers for pre-payment meters, budget cookery courses and money management advice can create a lasting impact by addressing the underlying causes of a person's crisis.

Record Levels of Foodbank Use Are a National Scandal

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Low pay and rising bills have pushed hundreds of thousands of people into relying on food banks, and the Bedroom Tax, sanctions and delays at the Department of Work and Pensions have made things worse... Food banks have become a truly shameful symbol of a Tory Government that is failing to stand up for ordinary people.

One Million Food Bank Parcels for Yet Another Year? Something Isn't Working in Our Society

Sarah Chapman | Posted 15.04.2017 | UK
Sarah Chapman

Today the Trussell Trust reveals its foodbank network provided more than one million three-day food supplies to people in crisis in the last year - even more than the previous year, and the year before that, and the year before that... It's so important because behind these statistics are individual people like you and me, who never dreamt they would one day need to be referred to their local foodbank. Only when we openly and honestly engage with the reasons one million food parcels were needed last year, can we possibly move nearer to finding solutions.

Foodbank Use Is Soaring But The People Using Them Aren't Who You'd Think

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK

A record number of Britons are now using foodbanks, new analysis has revealed, with many of their customers being skilled workers or disabled people u...

The Big-hearted People Making This Easter Happier for Children in Poverty

Molly Hodson | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Molly Hodson

Whilst the average child in the UK receives 8.8 Easter eggs, and one in five reportedly make themselves sick on chocolate over Easter, there are thousands of children in poverty across the UK who face having nothing at all. Thankfully, for the last few weeks, food banks across the UK have seen so many local heroes come forward to help children in poverty to have a happier Easter.

Your Kindness This Christmas Has a Real Impact on Those Amongst Us Struggling the Most

Alex Howell | Posted 24.12.2016 | UK
Alex Howell

It's Christmas Eve, and this morning I delivered the last two of three hundred Christmas hampers. I don't work for Harrods, or M&S, or anyone else who might spring to mind when you think about hamper deliveries; I work for Salisbury Foodbank. And each one of these three hundred hampers will go to families and individuals who are struggling to put food on the table this Christmas...

Foodbank Britain at Christmas

Richard Burden | Posted 24.12.2016 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

In the last month my team and I have referred about the same number of people to the foodbank for assistance as we did in the ten months before that... The sheer scale of the operation these days is both astonishing and impressive. The fact that it has to be so big, though, underlines that something is fundamentally wrong with the way Britain operates at the moment.

Kathryn Snowdon

Tories Have 'Heads In The Sand Over What's Making People Use Foodbanks' | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK

Tax credit cuts could see a "substantial rise" in the use of foodbanks, the country's largest provider of them has said. The Trussell Trust also sa...

Dear Richard Littlejohn: Please Don't Pretend That Hunger and Poverty Are Not Real, Right Here, Right Now

Sarah Chapman | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Sarah Chapman

The questioning again that hunger and poverty is not a reality in the UK in 2015, or that it is a fabrication of left-wing politics, is both inaccurate and demonising - adding to the false narrative that anyone who doesn't have income for enough food, or rent, or gas and electricity, or school shoes for the kids, must have only themselves to blame.

What's Wrong With Benefit Sanctions?

Chris Mould | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

Why does behaviour we would think outrageous if it were a business owner trying it, get given the okay when it's people administering the benefits system that do it? What justifies the rules being so very different?

The Test of a One Nation Budget

Chris Mould | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

As we digest the results of the budget today, the words seem as good a test to judge it by as any. To be true to the One Nation ideal the budget must answer a simple question those of us in the foodbanks movement ponder every day. What can be done to reduce the number of people in poverty and hunger?

The Food Bank Blame Game

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

The anger created by the rise of food banks can force those in power to tackle this issue. And the ensuing hope can finally put an end to the march of the 'blame the poor' brigade.

Food Banks - A Powerful Symbol of Five Years of Failure

Emily Thornberry | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Emily Thornberry

With less than two weeks until election day, the increasing prevalence of poverty in the UK is something everyone should reflect on and consider. This election is so important because, in many ways, the fundamental question facing voters is what kind of society we want to be.

Eleven Foodbank Myths You Must Not Fall For

Molly Hodson | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Molly Hodson

It's becoming increasingly hard not to have an opinion on foodbanks. But when you're forming yours, make sure you're not falling for any of these common myths about food bank use...

Katie Hopkins Is Back And Giving Two Fingers To 'Blagging' Food Bank Users

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK

Katie Hopkins has burst back into the public consciousness by taking a swipe at people who rely on food banks. Following a self-imposed twitter si...

The Reality Is That the Rise in Food Banks Is a Result of a Tory Government Failing to Protect the Most Vulnerable

Maria Eagle | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Maria Eagle

The rise of food banks in 21st Century Britain is nothing short of a disgrace. Today's figures from the Trussell Trust confirm that in David Cameron's Britain more than a million people have to rely on food banks each year. This is the Tory plan that David Cameron says is working.