I won't mess around with an intro but will get straight to the point. People are in serious need for food and supplies in our communities. Gone are the days that schools and community groups collect shoe boxes to send to the under privileged abroad, now those same schools are collecting and setting up food banks on their own doorsteps. Without getting into political debate it is pretty much a fact that no matter who you think the best man or party for the job is, the future of this country is unstable. What that translates to is a 73% rise in reliance on food banks in the last 5 years and is continuing to rise.
According to the Trussell Trust who support more than 1200 food banks in the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children, in the UK alone. Not only that but the last six months have been the busiest on record for food banks as the need for emergency parcels soars to 23%.
Between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, the Trussell Trust’s food bank network distributed 1.6 million three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, a 19% increase on the previous year. More than half a million of these went to children.
It’s an absolutely heart-breaking set of statistics isn’t it?
Its hard to know what the best action to take is, the truth is food banks are not the solution, that’s why the Trussell Trust campaign to remove the need for food banks all together, they do however, still need our help.
The Bottle Top’s food bank appeal is in full swing with 221 items donated at the time of writing. We are accepting donations until Friday 20th December 2019 so we are able to donate in time for the last food bank before Christmas in our local area.
If you would like to do your bit for those falling on hard times then see our list of in demand items and donate to us before close of business Friday 20th. If you are not local to Nottingham then get online and find your nearest food bank and donate there or directly to the Trussell Trust on their website https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/
Most of us will have items in our cupboards that can be donated so there isn’t even a need to go out and buy especially. Our local food bank here at the Hope Center, NG11 are looking for the following items:
Non Perishable… Rice Pudding Jam Christmas puddings Stuffing Gravy Pickles Cereals Soups Tinned Tomatoes Tinned Meat Tinned Fish Tinned Veg Instant mash Coffee Tinned Fruit Biscuits Toiletries Baby Food Nappies Cleaning Supplies Washing Powder
As things stand we have collected 221 items but we really NEED to collect at least 300 items in total. With 3 days left until time runs out we need to collect 33 items per day in order to meet our target, can you help us?
Before we go we would like the give a HUGE thank you to all of you have dug deep and donated so far, you are as always EPIC! MUCH LOVE ALEX & ANTHONY XX