The Foodbank has seen demand for its services increase and this has been intensified by the Coronavirus pandemic. People on low- or no-income have found their daily struggle to feed themselves and their families compounded due to lockdown and its impact on the local economy. Our Foodbank offers people a warm welcome and we provide food parcels and meals for those from our city region who were struggling financially to make ends meet.
More people than before have been looking to our Charity for help and some respite from the pressures of poverty that affect every aspect of their daily lives. The number of people accessing our services from across the city between 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021, saw us honour 24,100 food parcel vouchers, which fed 56,850 people presenting in need of assistance (310 tonnes of food). Of these people 40% were children.
Volunteers are also working with clients as part of the Pathways Initiative, providing support regularly to help our clients improve their lives and, ideally, provide people with the means to move beyond the food bank as their circumstances hopefully improve.
The rising cost of living including gas and electric bills, amongst universal credits cuts, will push more people into poverty and they are having to, unfortunately, turn to the food bank.
Your help is vital to sustaining this work and to providing food for people in need.
How can you get involved?
- Donate cost of a coffee
- Be active - Virtual 10k walk or run, do a step challenge or maybe even lead an online class
- Virtual pub quiz
- Coffee morning
- Ebay your clutter away
- Online Gig
- Make a monthly direct debit
- Payroll giving - Speak with your HR rep about tax-efficient donations
- Support on a home game at NUFC with bucket collections
If you are organising or taking part in a fundraising event, please comply with the latest government guidelines, including social distancing and limiting the number of people in your group. Latest guidance can be found on the government website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Supported by NUFC Fans Food Bank.