Thirteen million people currently live below the poverty line in the UK with individuals going hungry for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. The Trussell Trust’s 400-strong network of food banks provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In 2016/17, they gave 1,182,954 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis and in December they also aim to provide additional Christmas Packs to ensure that everybody can celebrate a little at this special time of year.
The link between Affordable Housing and food banks is a strong one, “We fully appreciate the importance of food banks within the areas we build and aim to support these communities in any way we can” explained Kate Harrison, CEO of Lane End New Beginnings CIC.
The foodbank support project is just one way in which New Beginnings are giving back to the areas in which they build. “We understand that increasing housing numbers brings with it its own challenges and this is our way of supporting these communities. We have an open outlook on how this can be achieved from the hands-on help of one of our Community Champions to investments of resources, we aim to provide the skills and support to create positive changes within these areas”.
The New Beginnings Team will be distributing food and helping sort supplies in early December across all areas.