What We Do

The Trussell Trust partners with local communities to help stop UK hunger.

Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.

The Trussell Trust’s 400-strong network of foodbanks provides a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK. In 2015/16, we gave 1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

We recognise that stopping hunger is about More Than Food, which is why we’re working with foodbanks to provide a range of new services like money advice and Fuel Banks, helping people to break the cycle of poverty.

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Foodbank Report 2015/16
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How do foodbanks work?

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FOOD IS DONATED

Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to a foodbank. Large collections often take place as part of Harvest Festival celebrations and food is also collected at supermarkets.

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FOOD IS SORTED & STORED

Volunteers sort food to check that it’s in date and pack it into boxes ready to be given to people in need. Over 40,000 people give up their time to volunteer at foodbanks.

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PROFESSIONALS IDENTIFY PEOPLE IN NEED

Foodbanks partner with a wide range of care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and police to identify people in crisis and issue them with a foodbank voucher.

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CLIENTS RECEIVE FOOD

Foodbank clients bring their voucher to a foodbank centre where it can be redeemed for three days’ emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a warm drink or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem.

More Than Food

Money Management

Debt and money management charities partner with foodbanks to offer professional financial advice at the point of crisis.

Eat Well Spend Less

Cookery and money management course teaching people how to cook healthily when on a low budget.

Holiday Meals

Supporting families who find it difficult to manage without free school meals by running breakfast and holiday meal clubs.

Primary referral causes in 2014-2015 to Trussell Trust Foodbanks
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Benefit delays

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Low income

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Benefit Changes

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Other

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Debt

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Homeless

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Unemployed

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Sickness

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Domestic Violence

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Delayed Wages

- Other reasons: Child Holiday meals (0.77%), Refused STBA (0.66%), Refused crisis loan (0.01%)

Despite welcome signs of economic recovery, hunger continues to affect significant numbers of men, women and children in the UK today. Trussell Trust foodbanks are increasingly hosting additional services like debt counselling and welfare advice at our foodbanks, which is helping more people out of crisis.

The Trussell Trust’s latest figures highlight how vital it is that we all work to prevent and relieve hunger in the UK. It’s crucial that we listen to the experiences of people using foodbanks to truly understand the nature of the problems they face; what people who have gone hungry have to say holds the key to finding the solution.

Adrian Curtis,
Foodbank Network Director

Our social enterprises provide valuable volunteering opportunities, whilst also helping to support our work.

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Work continues in Bulgaria to help break the cycle of poverty. It’s managed by our in-country partner FSCI.

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