During the month of October our Southwark branch of ABC will be collecting for the Southwark Foodbank.
ABC Selfstore in Southwark will be taking any spare tinned and canned food goods that its self storage customers or those who are passing by wish to donate to families in need in the Southwark area.
All of the food goods that ABC are accepting must be tinned or canned so they do not perish and in particular the Southwark Foodbank is most in need of cartons of fruit juice, sponge & rice puddings, tinned vegetables (no peas or beans), long life/tinned full fat milk and tinned meats.
Southwark Foodbank is a store of food, donated by members of the public, which can be given to people in crisis. Those who are referred to the foodbank are met by a trained church volunteer who can chat with them about their situation, signpost other possible help, and provide them with a bag of food judged to last them three days. Southwark Foodbank is entirely supported by donations and volunteers.
The Trussell Trust is a Christian charity working to bring hope and practical help to desperate and marginalised people in crisis. Their mission is to restore dignity and revive hope through sustainable, community focused projects that help break cycles of poverty.
The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With almost 400 foodbanks currently launched their goal is for every town to have one.
In 2012-13 foodbanks fed 346,992 people nationwide. Of those helped, 126,889 were children. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help.
There are 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK and every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.
ABC have already held a foodbank collection in our Wandsworth store and we hope this collection will aid the people of Southwark who are in need of food and be just as successful!
If you want to help feed those who live below the poverty line in the Uk there are many fundraising events and ideas that you can take part in. Pop on over to the Trussell Trust’s website for all the info and to find your local foodbank collection
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