Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
In 2011-12 foodbanks fed 128,687 people nationwide, in 2012-13 we anticipate this number will rise to over 230,000. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help.
The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 250 foodbanks currently launched, our goal is for every town to have one.
Ivybridge has recently opened a food bank which can supply 3 days of nutritionally balanced food to people in short term crisis. A voucher is given to those in need by one of our referral agencies, and this can be redeemed for a food parcel at Ivybridge Methodist Church, or a place that has been agreed upon. Details on website – see below.
All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Food banks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services so as not to help create dependency.
The Ivybridge Foodbank will also be operational within some of the villages in the surrounding area as soon as possible.
PLEASE HELP US TO HELP OTHERS BY DONATING ONE OR MORE OF THE ITEMS ON THE SHOPPING LIST AND DROPPING OFF AT THE CHURCH. THE CHURCH IS OPEN MOST DAYS SO ITEMS CAN BE DELIVERED AND PLACED IN THE FOODBANK BOX.