Bother Helps To Put An End To Hunger In The UK

Bother Helps To Put An End To Hunger In The UK

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If you know Bother, you’ll know we’re passionate about creating a better way to shop. One that’s easier for you and better for the planet, all while working towards a larger change within the industry in order to provide a grocery system that’s fit for purpose in the society we currently live in.

For many, it’s simply not affordable to shop for their groceries in a way that does good for the planet, and for many more who are locked in poverty, groceries are a crippling necessity they just can’t afford. This mind-boggling injustice is why The Trussell Trust’s work is so crucial and why we’re committed to working alongside them to fight poverty in the UK.

From today, we’re proud to be partnering with The Trussell Trust, one of the country’s leading organisations working hard to campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK while supporting people locked in poverty. As part of our values, we strongly support charities who are trying to make a difference and improve the bigger picture, in this case for every person across the whole of Britain.

Who are The Trussell Trust?

The Trussell Trust is a charity that supports a nationwide network of over 1,300 food banks and together they provide emergency food parcels and support to people locked in poverty . Their vision is for a UK without the need for food banks - because they strongly believe that everyone should be able to afford the essentials in life, and Bother fully stands with that belief.

The Trussell Trust have carried out some tremendous work throughout the duration of the Coronavirus pandemic, and here’s a short overview in numbers:

2,500,000 emergency food parcels delivered by food banks in The Trussell Trust network between 1 April 2020 and 31st March 2021.

19,000 calls taken by The Trussell Trust national helpline which enabled more than 22,000 people to access emergency food support.

2,600 emergency food parcels were provided for children every day on average by food in their network during the first 6 months of the pandemic.

As you can see, not only are these some astonishing numbers but it’s also difficult to see just how many people need the support from food banks, simply because they can’t afford the essentials.

© Trussell Trust/Bahnareanu

More than just food

Ending the need for food banks in the UK is more than just food. Hunger in the UK is not about food – it’s about people not being able to afford the basics. The Trussell Trust found that their primary referral causes in 2019-2020 were due to low incomes, benefit delays and changes to benefits, and it’s about time that comes to an end, because no one should face the indignity of needing emergency food.

Whilst this nationwide network of food banks has been helping people struggling to afford the essentials every day, it shouldn’t have to be this way, no one in the UK should need a food bank – all of us should have enough money for the essentials. The Trussell Trust encourages their network of food banks to provide practical support to people in crisis and help them tackle the root cause of poverty, with the end goal that people will not need to use a food bank in the future.

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Bother’s Contribution to The Trussell Trust

With recent changes to Universal Credit by the UK Government, around 6 million low-income families have had their incomes cut by £20 a week, this will end up putting a hefty amount of pressure on food banks and may cause some struggles to supply enough food to low-income families. Alongside this, the income cut will make it harder for families to buy their own food and be less reliant on supplies at food banks.

At Bother, we know that ending hunger is quite the mission and it can’t be achieved alone. We’re proud to announce that as part of our partnership with The Trussell Trust, a percentage of the revenue from every box our customers buy will go directly to the Trussell Trust to support their efforts in ending UK Hunger.

If you’d like to support movement by The Trussell Trust for a Hunger Free Future, you can sign up here.