Hardly a Christmas dinner you’d want to remember
Foodbanks offer a lifeline to those who find themselves in crisis
Facing Christmas with little or no money and struggling to make ends meet can be the reality for many. Unable to afford food to make a decent hot meal, let alone presents, is a very daunting time for too many. This Christmas some will find it hard to make ends meet, struggle to pay bills, and have to decide between eating and warming a room in the house. It can be a difficult time, with the prospect of delicious treats and luxurious presents out of the question.
Sadly, this is the reality for many and this is why we need your help. It is our mission to help to transform the prospects of people who are living in hardship. We are asking for your help so that our network of foodbanks can support those struggling the most this Christmas.
A staggering fourteen million people live in poverty* in the UK. This time of year puts even more demands on finances. With cupboards almost bare, many will be faced with rationing the last of their food supplies over the festive period. With nothing left to pay for even the essential groceries, a modest Christmas dinner is out of the question, leaving no choice but to make up a meal from the basics they have left. Yes, something like beans on toast may be tasty, nutritious and affordable, and can even be a little treat when you don’t want to cook a big meal, but it’s hardly a Christmas dinner you’d want to remember.
We need your help to continue providing support to our foodbanks this Christmas. We know that providing three-days emergency food supplies and some additional treats will not make someone’s Christmas, but it will provide them with something to eat, and remind them that they are not alone or forgotten.
Unfortunately this year brings added concern with the roll out of Universal Credit. Latest statistics show that the situation is worsening by its impact. Our mid-year stats, which were released just this month, show that foodbanks in areas of full rollout for six months or more have seen a 30% average increase. These figures are concerning, especially as in the months leading up to Christmas we will see the number of foodbanks in areas of full Universal Credit service triple.
Furthermore, our figures show that from April to September this year there was an increase of 13% in the number of food parcels given out compared to the same period last year, where the increase was 3%. This, along with the accelerating rollout of Universal Credit, means that the Foodbank Network is on course to distribute a record number of food parcels in 2017-18 by some margin.
We need your help to continue providing support to foodbanks this Christmas. We know that providing three-days emergency food supplies and some additional treats will not make someone’s Christmas, but it will provide them with something to eat, and remind them that they are not alone or forgotten. Help us by giving today, your donation makes a difference.
*Figures from The Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Lucy Duffy, Foodbank Manager
“Christmas can be such a tough time for people. Not only do many of our clients have to choose between either heating their homes or putting food on the table, but there can be added pressure on social isolation around this time of year. It’s therefore always heart-warming to see how the local community comes together to support each other by volunteering and donating.”
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Our hope for the New Year is to be here for everyone who needs us, and with increasing numbers of people predicted to need our support in the coming months, we need your help more than ever to give hope to everyone coming through the door of a foodbank.
Please donate today to help those in crisis enjoy Christmas a little more.