Elden was sat on the shelf in Littlebit’s bedroom this morning with an envelope containing a task for her to do today.
The letter read:
You are being such a good girl this Christmas time. Well done!
I would like you to do a very important thing for me today please. Some children are not as fortunate as you, and their Mummies and Daddies struggle to give them food to eat. So today I would like you, Mama and Daddy to go shopping at a supermarket and buy some of the things below to donate to what is called a food bank. The food bank people will then make sure this food gets to the people who don’t have as much as you this Christmas.
Do you think you could do that?
I’ve attached a list of the things they need. Can you find them in the supermarket and tick them off as you go?
So that is what we’ll be doing today. Before going and spending time with family over a probably very indulgent pre-Christmas lunchtime get together we’ll be going shopping and collecting everything we can on the list to drop to our local food bank.
13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Our local food bank is part of a UK-wide food bank network run by The Trussell Trust.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust food banks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
It has recently been suggested that this year the food banks will have fed over half a million people nationwide. That figure is astonishing. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to go to food banks for help.
The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new food banks right across the UK. The goal of the Trussell Trust is for every town to have one.
The food boxes the food banks provide contain a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.
You can find your local food bank on The Trussell Trusts website. They will also have an up to date shopping list of the things they currently need.
Food banks rely on the support of local communities.
So, if you’ve not thought about it, why don’t you pop some goods down to your local food bank and help parents feed their kids this Christmas?