Over 4959 three-day emergency food supplies were provided to local people by Cardiff Foodbank in the 2015/16 financial year, compared to 4714 in 2014/15. Of this number, 4851 went to children.
At the Cardiff Foodbank, the top three reasons for foodbank referral were:
Benefit delay 1,541 (31%)
Low income 1,249 (25%)
Benefit change 580 (11%)
Over the last year, local people have donated 115.142 tonnes of food to Cardiff Foodbank and over 300 volunteered. Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support to the foodbank, enabling them to give three days’ nutritionally balanced food and support to people in crisis.
As well as providing emergency food, Cardiff Foodbank provides essentials like washing powder, nappies and hygiene products (when available) to families who are struggling, as well as signposting them to other services in the local area. Many Trussell Trust Foodbanks, including Cardiff Foodbank, are partnering with other agencies to provide additional services such as debt support at the foodbank itself, helping people to break out of crisis.
Catherine Williams Cardiff Foodbank Operational Manager, says:
“We are still seeing an increase in the number of three day emergency food supplies provided to local people in crisis 12,078 in the last year. It is all too easy when you look at figures to forget the real people behind the statistics.
“That’s why the foodbank is so vital. We are very grateful for the ongoing support of the community and hope that one day there will be no need for us in Cardiff. But until that day comes, we will continue to offer the best possible service to help local people facing a crisis.”
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The running costs for the foodbank are around 96,000 a year, all of which is raised locally to enable them to continue their work. Costs include warehouse space, to sort and stock donated food; a van to pick up donated food and deliver to distribution centres; staff to provide training and support to our volunteers and ensure we comply with all legislation; and other overheads like utilities and insurances. The Foodbank welcomes any new offers of help with funding; local businesses, organisations and individuals interested in supporting the Foodbank’s work can find out more at Cardiff.foodbank.org.uk and click on donate.
For the first time, The Trussell Trust has worked with data scientists, business model specialists and academics to create the UK’s first ever dynamic visualisation tool for crises leading to foodbank use, and to compare foodbank data with deprivation indices from the 2011 census and other open data. Early findings suggest foodbank use is highest in areas where there are more people who are: unable to work due to long term sickness or disability; in skilled work; or deprived.
McAuley, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust, says:
“Today’s figures on national foodbank use prove that the number of people hitting a crisis where they cannot afford food is still far too high. One million three-day food supplies given out by our foodbanks every year is one million too many. This many people needing emergency food must not become the new normal. I’m calling on Government, the voluntary sector, businesses and communities to work together to tackle hunger and poverty in the UK. This has to be a society-wide effort.
“Our foodbank network is already playing its part. Many foodbanks offer additional services to help people break out of crisis and if the promising new data science techniques shown in the University of Hull report are developed, we could use them to help tell foodbanks where to target resources and which groups in society are most at risk from hunger.”