On Wednesday 26 April 2023, we released our stats on the number of emergency food parcels that Chelmsford Foodbank provided within our local community between April 2022 and March 2023.
The alarming new figures reveal that we have provided 7,455 emergency food parcels to people who couldn’t afford the essentials in Chelmsford over the last year – and 3,247 of these went to children. This represents a shocking 70% increase on last year.
In addition to this, food banks across the Trussell Trust network provided nearly 3 million (2,986,203) emergency food parcels to people experiencing hunger during this time – with over 1 million of these going to children.
This is the most parcels food banks in our network have ever distributed in a single year and represents a 37% increase compared to last year, and more than double the amount distributed by food banks in the same period five years ago.
This isn’t right and we can’t allow this to go on.
Together, with food banks across the Trussell Trust network, we are calling for MPs across the UK to support a social security system that guarantees our essentials, by making sure that the basic rate of Universal Credit is at least enough to afford the essentials we all need to live.
If you would like to support us by writing to your local MP, please click here to find out more.
No one should need the support of our food bank because everyone in our local community should be able to live lives free from hardship and poverty.
That’s why your support is needed now more than ever.
As we navigate these challenging times and do our utmost to meet the increasing need for our services, we would be most grateful if you could:
- Please donate the following food or toiletries [attach link to shopping list) This shopping list is updated monthly. Please follow us on Facebook where there are weekly updates
We recognise how difficult times are right now, which is why we really appreciate all and any support you are able to offer. Together, we can ensure help is here for everyone who needs it in Chelmsford, whilst we also collectively work towards a more just future where no one needs our food bank to get by.
Thank you for all that you’re doing.