13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income, illness.
Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
Last year nationally foodbank network fed over 60,000 people experiencing food poverty. This year they will feed over 100,000 people and the numbers are rising.
Shocking figures show in Stoke-on-Trent 29% of children live in poverty. With Tunstall, Burslem, Bentilee, Chell, Packmoor, Fenton, Blurton, Abbey Green, Norton all with higher percentages than the Stoke-on-Trent aver gage.
With such high figures in mind the congregation of Wesley Hall Methodist Church, Sneyd Green, many over retirement age couldn't sit ideally by whilst people in Stoke-on-Trent suffered, and have been working extremely hard setting up a warehouse facility and foodbank infrastructure.
The eventual aim is to then set up distribution points through out Stoke-on-Trent within walking distance of all who need help.
Opening in May 2012, Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank is asking for Stoke people to show generosity to those less fortunate than themselves by:
- Volunteering in the Distribution Centre
- Work with a team at the food drives at local supermarkets
- Collect food off the shopping list from your friends
- Donate food yourself (see list below)
- Support financially - see form on the Stoke Foodbank website
Donate Food Shopping List
- Milk (UHT or powered)
- Sugar (500g)
- Fruit Juice (long life carton)
- Pasta sauces
- Sponge Pudding (Tinned)
- Baked Beans (Tinned)
- Rice Pudding (tinned)
- Tea Bags/Instant Coffee
- Instant Mash Potato
- Tinned Meat.Fish
- Tinned Fruit
- Biscuits or Snack Bars
- 'Free From' items
T: 01782 281818