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Talking to politicians about building a future where no one needs a food bank

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Left to right: Event sponsor and Conservative MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire, Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP, lived experience speaker, Val McKie, and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Liz Kendall MP. (Copyright Georgie Scott/Trussell Trust)

By Beatrice Orchard – Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Yesterday, we hosted an event in the House of Commons to talk about what is pushing people to food banks, and about the building blocks that are needed to end hunger for good. 

The event brought MPs together with staff and volunteers from our food banks, people with their own experiences of poverty and hunger, and our partners in the charity and business sectors. 

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Thank you for standing with us

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We want to say a huge thank you for your support in 2023.

Our Chief Executive, Emma Revie, reflects on what was an incredibly difficult year for our food banks and how important your support has been:

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Our response to the Autumn Statement

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By Rory Weal – Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Chancellor’s decision to uprate benefits and housing costs will ease some of the pressures driving people to food banks – but long-term action is needed.

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Thank you for supporting the Emergency Fund Appeal

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In October 2022, we launched our first ever emergency appeal to help food banks facing their most challenging winter to date. Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to provide emergency grants to hundreds of food banks across the UK and are now focusing on distributing the remaining funds to the food banks that need them most.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who donated to the appeal. We’d also like to thank Benefact, the People’s Postcode Lottery, Morrisons, Tesco, OVO, Sainsbury’s and Aviva for their support.

See how your donations have already made a difference below:

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New campaign calls on UK government to guarantee essentials

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Today we launched a new campaign, Guarantee our Essentials, in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), calling on the UK government to enshrine in law the amount people need to ensure the basic rate of Universal Credit at least covers the essentials.

Universal Credit should offer support to anyone in need of help. But there’s now a significant gap between living costs and the income Universal Credit provides, according to both our and JRF’s calculations. Rates are also not based on what people need and how much essentials such as food, household bills and travel costs, which is driving increasing levels of hardship and pushing people to food banks, with 90% of low-income households on Universal Credit going without.

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Watch our new video

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Our new video highlights some of the impossible decisions families are having to make.

With the cost of living crisis, more and more people are being forced to use food banks. Almost 1.3 million emergency food parcels were provided by food banks in the Trussell Trust network between April and September 2022.

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