Ethical Superstore supports UK’s most in demand Food Bank
When the Newcastle West End Food Bank opened for the first time on 14th March 2013 it provided food to around 30 people per week. It now has the unfortunate distinction of being the biggest in the UK, feeding around 55,000 this last year. To put this into context the number 2 food bank in the country feeds around 10,000.
Michael Nixon explains “Some of that is to do with need, some of that is a pure accident of geography, because as people hit hard times their radius of travel shrinks. They can’t afford bus fares, they can only walk. So people who come to us walk in general, and it’s a radius of about a mile from the foodbank.”
In the six months from April to September the food bank fed almost 22,000 people, around half of which were children. 28% were those experiencing benefits problems. 35% were those actually in work but on low incomes, including many on part time or zero hours contracts. 913,138 people received three days’ emergency food from The Trussell Trust food banks in 2013-14 compared to 346,992 in 2012-13.
How can you help?
Hungry mouths need food, it’s quite simple really. Here’s how you can help. Together we might not be able to fix the problem, but we can certainly help Michael and his team at the West End Food Bank continue their incredible work.
1. YOU DONATE
Do your usual shop with us, and at the checkout add a donation to support the Newcastle West End Food Bank.
2. WE ADD 20%
For everything that you donate Ethical Superstore will also contribute an additional 20% – together we can provide more.
3. WE PROVIDE FOOD
We will provide the food bank with tins, dried foods and other requested items of use to those in need.