World Food Day - what will you give up?!
I mentioned in my last blog post that we went to a Harvest Festival where all the food was being given to the local foodbank. I listened to some of the stories of people suffering right on my doorstep, and so often it is young parents struggling to feed their small children. Their Reuben or their Gabriella. It really struck a chord with me and made me realise that as I sit in my relative lap of luxury, chosing which organic brand to buy, I need to do more for my local community. I have since sourced out my local foodbank and been in touch with the organisers to see how I can help. This is what I found out…
Last year the Trussel Trust helped 350,000 people with emergency food. Almost half were children.
Did you know 1 in 5 UK mums are skipping meals to feed children? It’s unbelievable. And, as I live in one of the poorest areas of the North East, I can imagine this statistic is even higher, especially as there isn’t a local foodbank here. The closest one is 15 miles away in Newcastle.
The people they are helping are literally at their last resort. They aren’t just tipping up here rather than going shopping. They have nowhere else to go. And, I can imagine it isn’t the best feeling in the world having to go to a foodbank in order to feed your children. But happily, foodbanks around the country are doing more than just giving people emergency food, they are helping them get back on the right track.
Give it up for Foodbanks
When I got in touch with Molly, the Trussell Trust PR and Markerting Manager, yesterday she quickly sent me information about something happening NEXT WEEK! I didn’t realise I’d be able to help so soon.
Give it up for Foodbanks is their appeal in line with next week’s World Food Day on 16th October. They aren’t asking you to give them a round of applause, they want you to actually give something up! Either for the day (such as you daily cappuccino) or for the week (such as cake or chocolate – see they’re doing you a favour!). Whatever money you save, you give to your foodbank. Easy! and better for you.
You can get involved on twitter using the hashtag #GiveItUpForFoodbanks and for more information go to the Trussell Trust Give it up page
You can donate your money in 3 handy ways:
- You can donate online: www.justgiving.com/give-it-up
- Donate by SMS: Text WFDA50 followed by the amount to 70070. E.g. WFDA50 10
- Donate by post: Please make cheques payable to The Trussell Trust and send them to: Unit 9 Ashfield Trading Estate, Ashfield Road, Salisbury SP2 7HL
I’m going to give up wine for the week – will you join me?!