Helping you run a successful foodbank

16 November 2018

One in five people in the UK today are struggling to put food on the table and heat their homes, according to Oxfam. So it is no surprise that more and more people are turning to foodbanks to help them cope.

Tinned cans
The Trussell Trust1 reports an increase in the number of three day emergency food supplies they gave to people in crisis from 2016 to 2017. With so many people in need, a foodbank is a great way to help your local community.

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.  
 
You can also find information and support from the Trussell Trust.
1A Christian charity that partners with churches and communities to set up new foodbanks.