People from across the UK publishing industry, from editors, booksellers and authors, to publicists, agents and designers, are donating money to go towards helping the acute crisis in poverty and hunger amongst the least well off in the country.
We live in a nation where more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children. The Trussell Trust has given out over 1.6 million packs of food supplies in the past year alone. Food Banks are not just a place to pick up essential sustenance, with cuts to community centres and frontline services they have also become mini-welfare and advice centres.
We're aiming to raise £5000 before Christmas 2019, which will go to the Trussell Trust. Your donation will directly help those most in need of support. It is vital that those working in publishing come together as a community and take action.
It is important to help those in greatest need but solutions must also be found to the reasons people find themselves in need of food banks.
The Trussell Trust’s CEO Emma Revie has indicated that the benefits system has been driving a rise in foodbank use– the charity released their State of Hunger 2019 report in November.
“This is the busiest six months we’ve ever seen – more people than ever before are being forced to foodbanks’ doors,” said Revie. “Our benefits system is supposed to protect us all from being swept into poverty, but currently thousands of women, men and children are not receiving sufficient protection from destitution. This is not right. But we know this situation can be fixed – our benefits system could be the key to unlocking people from poverty. We need to put money back into the pockets of people who most need our support. It’s in our power as a country to end the need for foodbanks. This can change.”
Thank you for your support.
Kit Caless & Kish Widyaratna
Stats and quote from:https://www.trusselltrust.org/what-we-do/ https://www.bigissue.com/latest/trussell-trust-foodbanks-deal-with-steepest-rise-in-demand-yet/
More information about The Trussell Trust: The Trussell Trust, in conjunction with local communities, develops and runs sustainable projects in the UK tackling poverty and exclusion. Through the UK Foodbank Network and Community Enterprises we work with marginalised people in real need, providing practical care and support. www.trusselltrust.org.