The Trussell Trust
The aim of the Trussell Trust is to end hunger and poverty in the UK. They are a nationwide service that provide emergency food and support to impoverished families. Please see the good work they do on this link https://www.trusselltrust.org/
There are more than 14 million people within the UK living in poverty, staggeringly 4.5 million of these people are children.
Between April 2019 and March 2020 food banks in the Trussell Trust network provided 1.9 million food supplies to families in crisis, this was an increase of 18% from the previous year. I dread to think what the effects of Covid 19 will do to the statistics next year.
Government decisions have consequences.
Just thinking about how Covid 19 would affect vital charity resources like this one, which offer a lifeline to so many families locally, is my main reason for deciding to help. I, myself have two children but am lucky enough to have a secure job within the NHS. It breaks my heart to think that there are children out there starving in our country – a country that is the fifth wealthiest country in the world.
When our Government made the appalling decision and voted against feeding our nation’s vulnerable children during these difficult times, by not extending the free school meals, it highlighted the need for national and local campaigns. Children simply cannot go without food and we need to help end child food poverty. With the outstanding work and tireless campaigning by Marcus Rashford it inspired me and the Foxy Ladies to get involved.
I set up a donation station at my home address and asked the Foxy members to get involved by dropping off donations from the Trussell’s Trust wish list. These included tinned and packet foods along with toiletries and essential hygiene items like deodorants and sanitary products.
We are really proud to have collected a substantial amount of food and toiletries to help those in need. In just two weeks my lounge was full due to the generosity and kindness of our members.
A massive THANK YOU to all you wonderful Foxy Ladies you rock xxxxxxx
by Philippa Barker
Email from Trussell Trust
Dear Julia, Philippa and all the Ladies at the Foxy Ladies Running Club,
This email is to say a huge thank you for all the wonderful things you donated to Worthing Foodbank. Philippa brought the items in on Thursday, which weighed in @ 164 Kgs plus lots all the toiletry items. We are so grateful for your donations and it will help us continue to feed people in crisis within Worthing for the coming months. It is doubly important right now during this time because we are not allowed to carry out collection outside the supermarkets.
Please pass on my thanks to all who donated and to you who organised this collection and delivered it to our warehouse.
Thank you so much
Julie Denyer (Foodbank Manager)
If you would like to drop off any donations please contact Julia at the Trust and look for donations points on their face book page https://www.facebook.com/Worthing-Foodbank-145853048759067