A one pot meal that can be made from a Food Bank parcel is chowder.  An American soup, full of milk, fish and veg, it’s adaptable and simple: Ingredients: 1 tablespeeon of oil/butter/margerine 1 onion 1 carrot/tin of carrots, drained Tin of fish (any will work, something with a strong taste is helpful) Smoked paprika […]

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Visit from Swanley Mayor

Mayor of Swanley Cllr Laurence Ball visited the Food Bank on 7th February, meeting with Wendy and other volunteers.  Hearing about the work that we do, Cllr Ball was saddened to hear of the very real need for the Food Bank in the community. Cllr Ball and Wendy enjoyed a long conversation about the Food […]

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Keeping our hands in

    Your FoodBank volunteers spent a wonderful day together, hosted by Elim Community Church. On 1st February, manager Wendy lead us through a helpful day of training.  We thought about why people need our help, and how we can best be of service.  Food Banks are, sadly, essential for many people.  One unplanned bill, […]

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6 Unexpected Things Foodbanks Need

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A visit to the food bank isn’t exactly a traditional Christmas activity, but one UK charity is asking for a little extra help this month, when demand is at its highest and families are choosing between eating and heating.

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Why Would a Mum Doing a Business Degree Find Herself Begging on the Streets This Winter?

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With Christmas approaching, Michele from Brent Foodbank shares how she’s helping to make the festive season special for those struggling. “For the past few days I haven’t been to the street begging for money to buy food for me and my baby…” This was what a mother at Brent Foodbank told us recently. She was […]

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Emergency Budget gets the food poverty test


David McAuley, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust said: “We have two simple tests for the budget being delivered today.  Firstly, what does it do to reduce the number of people in poverty and hunger?  Secondly, what does it do to ensure the Government is supporting the work of charities and social enterprise in taking […]

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Listening to the lives behind the foodbank statistics

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MPs and peers discussed tackling UK poverty. The Trussell Trust, along with dozens of representatives from its UK network of foodbanks, were in parliament yesterday speaking with MPs and Peers about the work they do to combat hunger and poverty. Hosting the event, Chris White MP commended the varied work of the Trussell Trust’s foodbanks, […]

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Trussell Trust foodbanks gave out over one million three day emergency food supplies to UK people in crisis in 2014/15.

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Benefit delays, low income and benefit changes are the primary reasons why people are currently being referred to foodbanks for emergency food. About Our Statistics The Trussell Trust statistics are a measure of volume – they show the number of people to whom The Trussell Trust foodbanks have given three days’ emergency food. These are […]

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