Cost of living crisis: Emergency Fund

Inflation has hit a 30 year-high, and yet social security payments have seen their biggest fall in value for 50 years.

In April, the domestic energy price cap rose to just under £2,000, forcing families across the UK to make the impossible choice between heating and eating.

Current estimates show that the energy price cap may rise by a further £600 in October, just as temperatures begin to drop.

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We have created an emergency fund to help our food bank network cope with the unprecedented demand they are experiencing.

Can you help us?

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As we’ve moved through the pandemic and into the cost of living crisis, our network of over 1,300 food bank centres have continued to experience rising need.

We’re seeing more people in crisis against a backdrop of government inaction and rising costs which are pushing more people to food banks. Our Emergency fund will help food banks meet this need, covering costs of food, and their fuel and utilities.

Any help you can give us will make all the difference.

If you would like to discuss this or any aspect of our work in more detail, or would like to understand the different options to support us, please email us at [email protected]

“I’m on gas key meters in an end terrace that is draughty. I’ve noticed price increases on food, and I would rather eat every day and try to stay warm under extra blankets that I have been collecting from family and cheap car boot sales than heat the house.”

Lydia

Name has been changed to protect identity