We’ve partnered with BanktheFood

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The Trussell Trust has partnered with BanktheFood, a small charity helping food banks get essential supplies, to ensure that our food banks get the items they need the most so they can continue supporting people facing hardship in their local communities. The partnership will make it easier for people across the UK to find out the best items to donate to their local food bank.

Across the UK, food banks are at breaking point. The soaring cost of living is leaving people with no option but to turn to their local food bank – and the amount of help needed is outstripping donations. BanktheFood’s free app enables users to connect with their local food bank and receive a notification of its most-needed items. The app also sends a list of what’s urgently needed when the user arrives at their local supermarket, enabling shoppers to choose the items that will make the biggest difference in their local community and add them to their shop before they get to the checkout.

Since 2021, BanktheFood has grown in popularity and now has more than 48,000 people using the app to donate food items and toiletries, helping both the Trussell Trust and independent food banks in communities across the UK. The app is free and generates up to 7,000 donated items every week. The year-long partnership will see the Trussell Trust supporting BanktheFood to increase awareness among the general public, and encouraging food banks across the Trussell Trust network to use the app. It will also allow BanktheFood to reach more users, seeking to generate an additional 100,000 food donations for food banks over the next year.

Emma Spring, co-founder of BanktheFood, said:

“We are thrilled to partner with the Trussell Trust. It will allow us to provide more food to people who are struggling to get by and support our partner food banks and charities. Together, we can help ensure that fewer people go without the essentials each day in the UK.”

Emma Revie, Trussell Trust Chief Executive, said:

“This partnership with BanktheFood will make it even easier for people to support their local food bank and donate the items that they need the most. Food banks in the Trussell Trust network are having to buy more food than ever before as donations are not keeping up with the sharp increase in the number of people needing to seek support. The BanktheFood app will help to ensure that every item donated will make a real difference to people facing hardship in that community.”

Download the free BanktheFood app to help your local food bank get the items they need most.