As we enter the second national lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic, the strain is visible on the business sector as well as our local charities and communities. In April this year, there was an 89% increase in the number of emergency parcels distributed due to the economic impacts of Coronavirus.
Food banks deliver a critical service for communities. Many are expecting a vast increase in the number of parcels they will be providing this winter with 670,000 more people in the UK at risk of being pushed into destitution.
Now more than ever this service is being called upon by Teesside families whose lives have been made more difficult as a result of lockdown.
Research from the Trussell Trust shows that this winter food banks will be distributing an emergency food parcel every 9 seconds. The trust has recently launched a Hunger Free Future campaign, aimed at increasing Government support for people living in poverty. In 2019 food banks provided £1.9million food parcels to people in crisis and with unemployment on the rise, this will only increase.
Inspired by this project, The Endeavour Partnership have donated £500 to their local food bank, the Billingham and Stockton Borough Foodbank.
Lee Bramley Managing Partner at the firm, and Chair of Trustees at the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, said: “The current situation is unusual – I hesitate to use the word unprecedented – but during these challenging times it’s important to remember the organisations who are supporting the most vulnerable in our area.”
“Teessiders are known for their resilience when things are tough and we’re encouraging the businesses that can to champion these vital local organisations.”
Jill, Project Manager at the foodbank commented: “We’re thankful for the donation which will help tremendously toward our Christmas hampers. Financial support helps us to purchase the essential and in demand items that we’re short of. ”