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.
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.
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.