Sadly, your help is needed more than ever: last year the Trussell Trust network gave out 1.6 million three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis and 500,000 of these went to children. This is a 23% increase on the previous year and a 73% increase in the last 5 years. And now, as the Coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever could need our help. As I’m sure you can imagine, this situation presents a huge additional pressure to our already overstretched network of food banks.
This is a fast-changing situation and we have quickly felt the direct impact: we have already started to see a reduction in food in some of our food banks and an increase in people coming to them for help. We are also assessing the impact of the very real shortage of volunteers who are no longer able to offer their time due to the advice regarding isolation. We are working closely with our food banks and prioritising all our efforts to support them in any way they need as they face this time of such uncertainty and challenge.