Did you know, that in the UK there are more food banks than McDonalds?

As a nation, we don’t expect anyone to be left hungry or destitute. But unfortunately, in the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children.

With Christmas being a particularly difficult time of year for the 1 in 5 people living below the poverty line, Waldeck recently chose to support the Trussell Trust by raising donations for food banks local to each of the Waldeck offices.

We placed a food bank donation box in our Bristol, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newark, Peterborough and Wellingore offices and asked employees to simply place food items in the boxes; whether this be food in their cupboards that wasn’t going to get eaten, or by adding a few extra bits to their basket during weekly shops.

It’s fair to say that the teams went above and beyond, with some employees bringing in whole boxes full of tins, packets, bottles and toiletries.

Above: The Wellingore team’s contribution ready to go to a food bank in Lincoln city centre.

This week, we are pleased to share that these boxes are being distributed to local food banks to help those in need.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our employees who made a contribution, no matter how small.

Why the Trussell Trust?

We chose the Trussell Trust as they support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food and essential toiletries.

The people they help have been referred in crisis, and between April 2018 and March 2019, food banks in their network provided a record 1.6 million food supplies to these people, a 19% increase on the previous year.

It takes more than food to end hunger and that’s why the Trussell Trust bring together the experiences of food banks in their network to challenge the structural economic issues that lock people in poverty, and campaign to end the need for food banks in the UK.

To find out how you can help the Trussell Trust and those in need, please visit: www.trusselltrust.org