York Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust’s UK-wide foodbank network. They provide three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food and support to local people in crisis, thanks to the efforts of volunteers, local churches and the generous support of the public who donate over 90% of the food they distribute.
"We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry, so we are very excited to be able to raise awareness about local food poverty and ways of combatting it at BBC Countryfile Live, Castle Howard. We will be collecting donations for York Foodbank during the show which will then be distributed to help families and individuals . Come and say ‘hello’ and find out how you can get involved in supporting your local Foodbank."
People are referred to them for help by professionals such as social workers, health visitors and school liaison officers, who are best placed in the community to assess the need. At York Foodbank they are about more than just food, they also provide a listening ear and signposting to other agencies and charities who can help resolve the underlying cause of their crisis, and so that they do not need to depend upon foodbanks for support in future.
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