All the food banks in the Trussell Trust network are created in partnership with local churches and community organisations. They’re best placed to understand local needs, and we provide them with the tools, training, and knowledge to start a food bank.
How the network began
The first food bank in our network was created in a garden shed and garage in Salisbury in 2000. Seeing how many people needed emergency food, we carried out research into the UK-wide need for food banks and discovered that this was a nationwide problem.
In 2004, we founded the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network based on the successful Salisbury Foodbank model. Since then, we’ve partnered with churches and communities across the country to over 440 food banks.
What we offer
When you join the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network, we will provide:
- Full training
- An operating manual
- Ongoing support from national staff team and an Area Manager
- Template website tailored to your food bank with your own content management system
- Branding artwork (including leaflets, banners, etc.)
- An online forum
- Data Collection System
- Annual audits and quality assurance process
- Corporate relationships – discounts and services (e.g. many Trussell Trust food banks are able to hold supermarket collections in local Tesco stores and receive a cash ‘top-up’ on what is donated)
- National and regional conferences
Food banks are asked to make a contribution of £1,500 during the first year of the food bank development and £360 each consecutive year. This contribution helps towards the costs of delivering these services to food banks.
Last year, we provided food banks in the Trussell Trust network with £1.3 million of funding through our national partnerships and financial grants.
Whatever your size or resources, you can make a big difference!
Contact a food bank
If you would like more information, or to visit a food bank to see how it works, contact the Foodbank Network Team:
T: 01722 580180
E: [email protected]