Asda, The Trussell Trust and Fareshare launch £20 million partnership to help a million people out of food poverty

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We are thrilled to announce a new partnership between Asda, The Trussell Trust and FareShare in a three year programme that will prove transformative for people facing hunger in our communities. The Fight Hunger Create Change programme will give support directly to foodbanks across the UK to expand their services to help more people in crisis, and enable us to develop our More Than Food projects, such as holidays clubs and Eat Well Spend Less courses, that help build resilience so people are less likely to need a foodbank in the future. And in partnership with FareShare it will also create a delivery structure of fresh food to foodbanks.

“Thank you for the help you have given me at such a tough time in my life. It’s true, people can generally live 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, 3 minutes without air but I know that individuals can only live 1 second without hope. You gave me that hope and I am so thankful.”

This is the kind of response we hear from people referred to foodbanks across the UK every year. Since The Trussell Trust was founded 21 years ago, the demand for emergency food has risen at an alarming rate. Last year almost 1.2 million three day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis by foodbanks in our network.

Our partnership with Asda and FareShare will support our target of ending UK hunger. In addition to developing our More Than Food projects and delivering fresh food, it will help us continue to fund research into the causes of hunger so we can find long-term solutions, and will be able to fund more staff to support the foodbanks in The Trussell Trust network who are on the frontline for local people facing crisis and lacking hope.

FareShare will be increasing its capacity to support local charities and community groups and partnering with 400 Trussell Trust foodbanks to deliver a fresh food proposition into their operations, thereby providing a greater variety of nutritious food for people using their service, and which will in turn increase health and wellbeing.

Sam Stapley, Head of Operations England at The Trussell Trust

“The scale and nature of this funding is unprecedented. Asda’s investment means we can offer even better support to foodbanks in our network and work towards a society where no one faces hunger in the future, bringing very real, tangible benefits to local communities and to anyone struggling to afford food in a way that simply has not been possible before.”