Allchurches gives £100,000 to help Trussell Trust support people in crisis
14 MAY 2020
Allchurches Trust has given a £100,000 grant to The Trussell Trust to support its network of more than 1,200 food bank centres across the UK.
As the coronavirus lockdown continues, food banks and charities are on the frontline of a growing hunger crisis in the UK, with demand for food aid soaring. During the last two weeks of March, food banks in the Trussell Trust network reported their busiest ever period with an 81% increase in need for emergency food parcels, compared to the same period in 2019, including a 122% increase in parcels for children.
A £100,000 grant from Allchurches Trust will help the Trussell Trust to continue to offer expert, bespoke support to food banks across the UK, enabling them to provide emergency food safely during these unprecedented times.
Emma Revie, chief executive at the Trussell Trust, said: “A crisis can often bring out the best in people, and we have been overwhelmed by the support the UK has shown towards food banks in light of the coronavirus outbreak. This level of generosity will help us continue to support our network of food banks to provide the best possible emergency help to people referred at an uncertain time.
“We’re stronger together and thanks to the support of the Allchurches Trust, we can remain agile to respond to the fast-changing situation and ensure food banks continue to provide the lifeline of emergency food and additional support for people in crisis.”
As well as providing emergency food in financial crisis, the Trussell Trust campaigns for a future where everyone can afford their own food.
Allchurches is providing a quarter of a million pounds in funding to support four charities - the Trussell Trust, Feeding Britain, Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) and FareShare - who have committed to working together to tackle the increase in poverty in the UK caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Tim Carroll, Chairman of Allchurches Trust, said: “Given the urgent need for food and supplies facing so many families, it was critical to Allchurches Trust to quickly release funds to help support the extraordinary commitment and capacity of these four charities at the heart of tackling food insecurity; all with national reach but also blessed with local insight.
“The work of these charities means hundreds of thousands of people will receive not only food and other essentials, but care and compassion in these unprecedented times.”
You can read a message from the Trust’s chairman outlining Allchurches Trust’s evolving response to the pandemic here.
If you need emergency help from a food bank centre, you can find more information here