12 Aug 2019
It is a sad, but true, fact that there are many individuals and families in the UK that are living in food poverty. The Trussell Trust reported in their end of year stats that it had handed out a record 1.6m emergency food packages in 2018 and had seen a 19% rise in the number of people needing its help.
The Trussell Trust have more than 1,200 food bank centres in their network across the UK with research from the Independent Food Aid Network suggesting these centres account for roughly two-thirds of all emergency food bank provision in the UK. These foodbanks provide the best possible emergency food to people locked into poverty as a step towards the ultimate goal of ending poverty and hunger in the UK.
As a family-owned company that has been involved with communities, people and family for over 165 years on a day-to-day basis, Bishop’s Move were keen to get involved and have now set up collection points in all of their branches across the UK available for Local Food Banks. Both employees and customers can drop their donations off and we will then deliver them to the local food bank. Bishop’s Move are collecting for a variety of foodbanks to include Trussell Trust centres and other local food banks.
Kenny Janczyk, Bishop’s Move’s Edinburgh Branch Manager comments
“It’s early days in setting up but we are working hard to push these collection points in order to help all we can to end hunger and poverty within our local communities. Poverty can affect anyone at any time through reasons out of their control and we need to all work together to look to reduce the current need for foodbanks. We’ve teamed up with our local food bank and drop in centre, Food, Fact and Friends in Penicuik, Midlothian and are providing a container free of charge in our new Ease The Squeeze self-store where the donated items can be stored and collected as required as well as providing a vehicle to assist with their planned events.”