The Trussell Trust and Bank of America form partnership to support people in crisis. Working to create a hunger free future for all.
Today, the Trussell Trust and Bank of America have entered a partnership as food banks in the charity’s network experience a huge rise in need through the pandemic.
Food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network saw a 47% increase in need during the first six months of the pandemic, with 1.2m emergency food parcels provided to people in crisis between April and September 2020 alone. There has been a huge increase in emergency food going to children, with 2,600 food parcels going to children across the UK every day.
Bank of America will help people in crisis by supporting the Trussell Trust’s network of food banks through grants and operations support. It will also help people in crisis access advice to help them out of hardship through a freephone helpline. Bank of America employees will also support with raising funds and sharing their skills and expertise with the organisation.
Bank of America firmly supports the Trussell Trust’s long-term vision of a UK without the need for food banks and is working alongside them to campaign for a hunger free future.
Emma Revie, chief executive at the Trussell Trust said: “As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we’re working closely with food banks to support them to continue providing vital emergency food to people who can’t afford the essentials.
“Everyone should be able to afford their own food, but right now more people than ever are likely to need a food bank’s help. This partnership will help us support food banks to provide emergency food and practical support to people in crisis, while also working towards our long-term vision of a hunger free future. We’re so grateful to Bank of America for their support.”
Andrea Sullivan, International Executive for Environment, Social and Governance at Bank of America said: “In these challenging times we are committed to working with partners like The Trussell Trust to offer vital financial support in tackling the rise of food poverty across the UK. This partnership will not only provide essential food parcels, but will also fund a dedicated helpline offering access to social support. In addition, through our employees’ time and assistance, we hope to further advance the important work of The Trussell Trust.”
Contact the Trussell Trust Press Office at 020 3137 3699 or [email protected].org .
About the Trussell Trust:
- We’re here to end the need for food banks in UK.
- We support a UK-wide network of more than 1,300 food bank centres and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
- Our most recent figures for the number of emergency food supplies provided by our network: trusselltrust.org/news-and-blog/latest-stats/.
- The Trussell Trust’s food bank network brings together volunteers, staff and supporters of all faiths and none to make a difference. Local churches play a vital part in this work, with around 12,000 churches actively involved in donating food, and providing venues, volunteers and financial support for food banks.
- You can read more about our work at trusselltrust.org .