As Christmas is the season for giving, at PTS we have been collecting food and hygiene products to give to our local food bank. They were delighted to receive our collection today.
From April 2016 to March 2017, Trussell Trust, who run 1,390 food banks, saw a 6.64% rise in emergency referrals. This amounted to 1,182,954 three-day emergency food supplies, including 200,000 given to children, many of whom were school aged.
An Oxford University study in June 2017 concluded that this increase was likely to continue. It believed that this was due to changes to the benefits system and cuts to disability payments. The report found that people with a disability or chronic illness were disproportionately likely to be referred to food banks. Up to two-thirds of food bank users are in the 24 to 39 age bracket, the same age group as the majority of UK primary school teachers.
It’s clear that those living in poverty need our assistance more than ever, especially as the temperatures drop. The good news is that there are plenty of ways that we can help:
• Follow our lead and organise a collection for your local food bank.
• Donate to the Help a Hungry Child campaign.
• Organise a fundraiser for Centre Point, the charity for homeless young people. £18 could fund a place to stay, £50 a personal care kit, or £100 counselling support.
• Volunteer – there is a wide range of opportunities to help at this time of year. Including assisting at your local food bank, volunteering at community centres who provide a place to go for the isolated or taking the time to speak to a lonely elder who is on their own this Christmas.
From all at PTS, we wish you a wonderful Christmas and a happy 2018.