While many of us will be getting prepared ahead of the festive season, it won’t be quite as joyful for some. Sadly the number of families needing emergency food packages has risen considerably over the past few months and with the continued roll-out of Universal Credit, demand may become even higher.
It’s not just about food provisions. This year we’ve seen the launch of a new charity, The Hygiene Bank. Understanding how hygiene poverty is isolating, shaming and excluding people in the UK who live in poverty, The Hygiene Bank recognises the trauma and anxiety caused by not having access to essential hygiene products. Their aim is to provide toiletries and beauty/grooming essentials to people who can’t afford them.
Ways to donate food
You can donate provisions directly to your local foodbank; find your nearest one here.
While out on your weekly shop, check to see if your local supermarket has a collection point and just add a couple of extra items to your trolley.
Could you act as a host for your local foodbank? Offices, schools, clubs, churches just to name a few run successful collections. To get involved contact your local food bank.
Can I get help?
If you or someone you know feels they are in need of help, speak to us about getting a referral. Alternatively you can get referred by a professional care organisation, such as social services, DAVSS, local housing groups, Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK etc..