Father’s Day can be a difficult time for men facing crisis, especially dads facing hunger who are unable to provide food for their families or afford basic toiletry products many of us take for granted.
In the UK, 1 in 5 parents skip meals to make sure their children have enough food, and for parents in crisis who are struggling to buy food, other basic products such as nappies, shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant and aftershave can be unaffordable as well.
We’re launching a Father’s Day appeal asking people to make donations of chocolate treats and men’s toiletry products (such as aftershave and deodorant) to their local foodbanks to help dads facing crisis in the UK.
A dad who recently turned to a foodbank after health and financial problems left him unable to support his family said, “I often didn’t eat for days to make sure my two children had enough food, even though I need to eat in order to take my medication.” He had had multiple heart attacks and suffers from seizures and other health problems that have left him unable to work. After turning to the foodbank for help, he was able to not only receive three days’ worth of emergency food for himself and his family, but he was also provided with support to help tackle his longer term financial difficulties.
The Trussell Trust’s UK Foodbank Director Adrian Curtis adds: “Dads living on the breadline often go without food to help provide food for their children. However, it is also other basic products such as shampoos, deodorant, and toothpaste that are unaffordable for people facing financial hardships. Receiving nice toiletries and extras alongside an emergency food parcel can mean a lot. We need to make sure that we don’t forget dads who are really struggling this Father’s Day.”
As we get ready to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, could you make a donation to your local foodbank to support dads facing crisis in the UK?