Transforming lives, now and in the years to come.

In this our 20th year of operating as a charity, we are taking the time to look back at where our journey has taken us, and also what the future may hold.

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Early beginnings

You may know that The Trussell Trust’s focus hasn’t always been about foodbanks in the UK. For the first three years, we were dedicated to supporting projects in Bulgaria, which was the original calling of our founders Carol and Paddy Henderson.

Moved to help forgotten people, our initial projects focused on improving conditions for children sleeping at the central railway station, but this soon expanding to encompass other communities and areas.


It all started in a garden shed

It wasn’t until 2000 that Salisbury Foodbank was set up, when it became apparent that there was a need locally. With the help of many friends, Paddy opened the foodbank in his garden shed, providing three day’s of emergency food to local people in crisis.

They could have never known at that point in time that the charity they established would grow exponentially in the years to come.

Foodbank Network is launched

2004 saw the UK Foodbank Network launched. We started working with churches and communities nationwide, helping them start their own foodbanks.

Four years later the recession led to many more people struggling and needing foodbanks. As a result the network grew at an unprecedented rate, but everyone rallied together and set to delivering the best possible support to those who found themselves in crisis.


Today and tomorrow

This year we look set to distribute 1.2 million three days emergency food supplies, as well as providing emotional support and practical advice to families all over the UK.

We have had some high points over the last 20 years, but nothing can mask the sad reality that we’re only doing this because people are going hungry. We need to be here to provide support for as long as we are needed. There is still plenty to be done, and together we can continue to make a difference.

Help us continue transforming lives

Foodbanks are still a much-needed service, and as long as they are, we will be here to support them, but we can only do this with your support.

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