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 2017/18, we gave 1,332,952 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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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 Life

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 Clubs

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

Primary referral causes in 2017-2018 to Trussell Trust foodbanks
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Low Income (28.49%)

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Benefit Delays (23.74%)

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Benefit Changes (17.73%)

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Debt (8.53%)

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Other (7.57%)

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Homeless (5.01%)

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Sickness / Ill Health (2.86%)

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No recourse to public funds (2.69%)

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Domestic Abuse (1.41%)

- Reasons under 1%: Delayed Wages (0.81%), Child Holiday meals (0.76%), Refused STBA (0.40%)

As a nation we expect no one should be left hungry or destitute – illness, disability, family breakdown or the loss of a job could happen to any of us, and we owe it to each other to make sure sufficient financial support is in place when we need it most.

It’s hard to break free from hunger if there isn’t enough money coming in to cover the rising cost of absolute essentials like food and housing. For too many people staying above water is a daily struggle. It’s completely unacceptable that anyone is forced to turn to a foodbank as a result.

Emma Revie,
Chief Executive

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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