LSS UNICEF team Rugby Foodbank collectionEvery day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. The Rugby foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups who work together towards stopping hunger in the local area.
The Rugby foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in the local communities, as well as across the UK. The Foodbank Network was founded in 2004 after four years of developing the original foodbank based in Salisbury. Since then The Trussell Trust has helped communities work together to launch foodbanks nationwide in a wide range of towns and cities. In 2018/19, The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank Network provided 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies and support to UK people in crisis. Of these, 577,618 went to children. As a network, they want to see more people helped out of crisis and fewer people needing foodbanks in the future.
This year, the Lawrence Sheriff UNICEF team orchestrated a Rugby Foodbank collection, as we have now for a few years. This took place on the 28th of November and we were very impressed with the amount of donations we collected so a big thank you to everyone who donated. We believe this year’s collection is one of the biggest collections the team has carried out with a total weight of 259kg of food donated.