On Thursday 10th November, we released our stats for emergency food parcel distribution from April to September 2022, which shed light on the level of need for Salisbury Foodbank in our local community.
The stark new figures reveal that we provided 3594 emergency food parcels to people who couldn’t afford the essentials in Salisbury and South Wilts between April to September this year – 1292 of these went to children.
In addition to this, food banks across the Trussell Trust network provided 1.3 million emergency food parcels to people experiencing hunger between April to September this year – a record number for this six-month period – with almost half a million of these going to children.
This is a 33% increase from the same period in 2021/22, and a 52% increase from the same period in the pre-pandemic year of 2019/20.
This isn’t right and we can’t allow this to go on.
Together, with food banks across the Trussell Trust network, we’re calling on the government to act decisively to support people who are struggling.
The Budget announcement on Thursday 17th November is a critical opportunity for this and we will be looking to Rishi Sunak to act boldly to ensure that no one is forced to go without the essentials.
No one should need the support of food banks because everyone should have enough money to afford the essentials we all need to live.
But the cost of living crisis is now an emergency for people on low incomes and next year has the potential to be even worse.
That’s why your support is needed now more than ever.
As we face our busiest and toughest winter on record, we would be most grateful if you could:
- Please donate the following food or toiletries Soup, Tinned Meat, Tinned curry, tinned Macaroni Cheese. Tinned Fruit, Long life fruit Juice, Coffee. Toilet paper, Men’s toiletries.
- Please make a financial donation via https://www.justgiving.com/salisbury-foodbank
- Or Cheques payable to Salisbury foodbank. Addressed to unit 6b Ashfield trading estate, SP2 7HL. Contact us for bacs information on [email protected]
- For additional support; we will be looking for community outreach volunteer roles in early 2023. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in community, school & church liaison roles.
We recognise how difficult times are right now, which is why we really appreciate all the support you can offer. Together, we can ensure help is here for everyone who needs it in Salisbury and South Wilts, as we work towards a future where we can all live free from financial hardship.
Thank you for all that you’re doing.