National foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust, has revealed it provided over 6,250 emergency food parcels were provided to people in crisis each day during the first two weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic. The charity reported that, nationally, this was the busiest ever fortnight for foodbanks.
The Trussell Trust said it is hugely proud that foodbanks are continuing to meet this need despite some of the most challenging circumstances, and this would not been possible without public support. Supporters have helped the charity achieve a great deal in the last few weeks, and The Trussell Trust is incredibly grateful for the supporters standing alongside the foodbanks, and people in financial crisis.
But ultimately, everyone should be able to afford their own food.
Trussell Trust Foodbanks are working incredibly hard to continue to provide emergency food safely to people who cannot afford to buy the essentials – but they cannot continue to pick up the pieces. Although recent measures brought in by the government have been huge boosts, we need the government to strengthen the anchor it has already put in place to help protect many people from being swept into destitution
The Trussell Trust has joined forces with other anti-poverty charities to call for a strong lifeline to be thrown to anyone who needs it.
More than 1.8 million people across the country have applied for Universal Credit in recent weeks, and it is likely that more and more individuals and families are going to need to use foodbanks as the outbreak develops.
Together the charities are urging the government to provide a Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme to help the nation weather the storm of this pandemic.
In a statement the Trussell Trust said:
“The last few weeks have shown we must come together to protect each other against the unexpected. Like a tidal wave gathering pace, an economic crisis is sweeping towards us – but we don’t all have lifeboats. We need emergency measures to ensure people can makes ends meet during this crisis. We have the power to come together as a country and make sure support is there to stop any of us being swept into poverty during this emergency.”
On a local level your continued support is vital to Widnes Foodbank whilst we respond to this current crisis with versatility and courage.