Foodbanks, like the ones we aid, are fixed locations (for example, churches and community centres), where stocks of food are supplied free of charge to people who, for various reasons, are unable to provide for themselves. For some, this is the last resort, a short-term solution to a current problem, but for many, foodbanks are the be-all and end-all. Without the tireless work of those who run foodbanks across the country, many more people would be facing starvation.
Typically, food banks operate on a referral system, partnering with a wide range of care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers and local homeless shelters to identify people in crisis and issue them with vouchers redeemable at their nearest distribution centre. There are also some set up where you can arrive on their allocated day(s) during operational hours and be helped on a first-come, first serve basis.
We know that anyone can find themselves at a crisis point for a number of different reasons.
If you feel you are struggling to put food on the table, having to decide how best to spend your little money, please consider talking to a local food bank or soup kitchen about how they can support you. You can find contact details for your nearest food bank using the link below.