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Helping you run a successful foodbank

With 13 million people in the UK below the poverty line according to Oxfam, there is a growing number of people who go hungry every day. To give an idea of the scale of the problem, the Trussell Trust* fed 346,992 people nationwide in 2012/13 compared with 128,697 in 2011/12. For these people, who include the young, the old, families and individuals, foodbanks can, literally, offer a lifeline.

How do foodbanks work?

Foodbanks exist to help people in short-term financial crisis by providing nutritionally-balanced parcels of tinned and dried food, usually enough to provide meals for three days. Most foodbanks work with care professionals to identify those who might need help and then provide them with a foodbank voucher they can exchange for food. The food is acquired by donation or collection and volunteers check and pack it into boxes.

Churches operating foodbanks

Many churches have taken the lead by setting up foodbanks or joining with other churches in the community to do so. We are receiving an increasing number of enquiries about the insurance implications of setting up a foodbank and are keen to support churches who want to offer this service to people in their community. If you are planning to operate a foodbank please call us for advice.  To make sure your church insurance policy covers your foodbank, we will need to add a small annual charge to your premium.

For more information
Please see our guidance notes and checklist on running a successful foodbank and then give us a call on 0345 777 3322. You can also find information and support from the Trussell Trust at www.trusselltrust.org.


*A Christian charity that partners with churches and communities to set up new foodbanks.

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