Are you able to support the Trussell Trust?

trussell trustOne of the things you may or may not know about me is I passionately support The Trussell Trust a charity which is dedicated to feeding the hungry people of the UK.

Most Thursday’s I toddle off to our local distribution center to help hand out  food parcels to those who need it and I always leave with a sense of despair that the 7th richest country in the world, a country who sends billions of pounds overseas in aide have a government so reluctant to feed their own hungry people.

This is a country where not only are food banks on the rise, but teachers are having to dig deep into their pockets to buy bread and spread so they can give primary school children something to eat before they can start lessons. (This is a common occurrence at a school I was a governor at). These children are literally going to school starving because their parents can’t afford to give them breakfast, no wonder many of them are unable to learn even basic lessons.

Despite what the politicians in our government are saying the use of food banks in the UK is on the rise and it’s a shameful indictment of our society that many of the people who use them are in full time work yet are unable to make ends meet in these days of sky high cost of living increases. Add in to the pot the ‘bedroom tax which is hitting people very hard and the lack of jobs due to the recession plus the job center’s who sanction payouts for several weeks at a time for the tiniest infraction and you have a situation which is only getting worse. 

I’ll be honest, before I started volunteering, I had the vague idea that if folks stopped smoking and drinking etc they could probably afford to feed both themselves and their kids but the reality when you meet someone who doesn’t have a clue where their next loaf of bread is coming from is very different. We’re talking about parents who don’t eat so their children can, or they have to make a choice between heating their home or putting dinner on the table.

This is the type of scenario we’re looking at in modern Britain. Check out Sport relief’s take on it those programs are pretty powerful, if you haven’t yet watched them try and spare the time to do so.

So next time you ever see us from the Trussell Trust standing at the entrance to your local Sainsburies, Tesco or Asda, please don’t just walk past us and pretend you didn’t notice us, All we ask is you buy an extra item to put in your bag to help feed the hungry in your own area, even if it’s only an own brand tin of beans, (Hungry people don’t care whether it’s Heinz or not)

God forbid you ever need our help one day…

3 Comments

  • Sky Nealon

    Reply Reply March 15, 2014

    Hi Kim,

    Thank for sharing such a touching post with us all, and indeed I will certainly keep an eye out for any Trussell trust volunteers in the area. I know what you mean about that it’s shocking once you actually find out that so many people in the UK are having to rely on food banks, and sometimes it just makes you think how lucky you are to have a roof over your head and food on the table. I personally regularly donate and support Shelter and Crisis which help people in the UK who are homeless.

    Sky

  • igor Griffiths

    Reply Reply March 15, 2014

    Well hello Kim thanks for sharing your first hand experience of this. I must admit that I was of the opinion that if many of those who were struggling like this had made better choices then they would not be in this position.

    However I am guided by the media prejudice prevalent in programs like Benefits Street which paints all struggling people as those with badly skewed priorities, Sky, fags and beer over food and kids welfare.

    As you point out that picture is far from the reality of the majority struggling like this who have their priorities well placed and have already given up the luxuries that far too many people consider as essentials which means they have nothing left to give and yet the government keeps taking.

    igor

  • Loraine Marshall

    Reply Reply March 19, 2014

    Hi Kim.

    Personally I’ve not heard about the Trussell Trust before.

    It’s a very sad state of affairs when a country which has a welfare benefit system in place, and tax credits for those on low income, has people who are unable to support themselves with one of the basics, ie food.

    Of course families and individuals can meet with circumstances that throw them off course from time to time and when that happens, it is good to hear that there are organisations such as the Trussell Trust where people can get support when they are in need.

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