Following the Trussell Trust’s announcement last week that there has been a 170% rise in the number of people using foodbanks between 2012-13, thefoodbankers look at the data surrounding foodbanks and food poverty in the UK.
Almost 350,000 people have had to visit foodbanks over the last year, according to the Trussell Trust.
Rachel Bayne speaks to Shooey about food waste, food poverty and the multicultural hub that is Ridley Road Market. Shoeey is a food writer for LovingDalston.co.uk who takes £5 down to her local market each week to cook up a scrumptious meal.
Trussell Trust foodbanks have handed out food parcels to over 240,000 people in the UK since April 2012. The organisation hands out emergency food parcels to people in extreme need with food donated by shoppers, businesses and local volunteers. Rachel Bayne talked to Liza Cucco, head of the Hackney foodbank about how the vouchers work.
Dame Tessa Jowell calls on David Cameron to visit a foodbank.
The Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood was flabbergasted at the Prime Minister’s reluctance, arguing in an interview with The foodbankers that it is an MP’s duty to support their constituents and to be aware of their day-to-day struggles.
Conservative councillor Chris Steward shocked the York Press in January when he said that foodbanks allow people who can’t budget to get away with their bad habits. His words, memorable as they may be, are far removed from the reality of the foodbank organisation and the clients who are forced to use them. One foodbanker gives her tale of visiting Hackney foodbank.
Two million meals were collected at 900 Tesco Stores nationwide in the #Everycanhelps campaign.
Wednesday 19 December 2012 saw the last Prime Minister’s Question Time before Christmas. It also saw a vibrant debate on foodbanks and the welfare situation. Here’s a play-by-play of the ensuing debate in Parliament between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
1st December 2012 saw the largest ever food collection drive ever. Tescos, in collaboration with FareShare and the Trussell Trust, collected tonnes of food up and down the country for foodbanks. Check out Rachel Bayne’s storify of the action.
Trussell Trust Volunteer, Daphine Aikens, was nominated for the Daily Mail’s Inspirational Women of the Year Award.