In May ABC Selfstore in Southwark collected food for the Waterloo foodbank to help all the local families who live below the poverty line.
We kindly asked all our customers and passers-by to donate any canned or jarred goods that they could so that the Waterloo foodbank can provide those in crisis with 3 days worth of emergency food.
The Ossory Road store were overwhelmed with the fantastic response to its collection and the Waterloo foodbank were thrilled to receive everyone’s donated goods.
The economic downturn and its aftermath has seen the need for foodbanks soar nationwide. New foodbanks are opening at the rate of two a week and numbers of people given three days emergency food by Trussell Trust foodbanks rose from almost 350,000 in 2012/13 to over 900,000 in 2013/14. The simple, practical gift of food and support at the point of crisis changes lives.
Many foodbank clients are low income families hit by a crisis that is not their fault such as redundancy, reduced working hours or something as seemingly small as an unexpected bill. Others are victims of domestic violence, people experiencing benefit delay or facing debt problems or those hit by illness.
Often foodbank clients face decisions between eating and paying the rent. Some are so desperate that they consider stealing to feed their children. A report by Netmums found that 1 in every 5 mums regularly skip meals to feed their children. Foodbanks meet mothers in this situation every day. Less than five per cent of foodbank clients are homeless, many are working families. Typically, one third of foodbank recipients are children.
Find out how you can get involved and help raise vital funds for the Waterloo Foodbank here