As Christmas approaches, and with the cost of living crisis biting, the Richardson Brothers Foundation has again stepped up to support a host of foodbanks who are working hard to support those most in need across the West Midlands and beyond.
Demand on foodbanks has sadly been soaring in recent months. The Trussell Trust - which supports a nationwide network of foodbanks - has revealed that for the first time the need for emergency food across their network is outstripping donations.
Between 1 April 2022 and 30 September 2022, the Trust’s foodbanks distributed 1.3 million food parcels to people facing hardship, an increase of 52% compared to the same period in 2019. These figures are set to increase for the current winter period, with one in five people referred to food banks in the Trust’s network now coming from households where someone is working.
In response to the situation, the Richardson Brothers Foundation has made significant donations to a number of foodbanks spread across the West Midlands, as well as targeted support in Manchester and London where the Richardson business is involved in local communities.
In addition, members of the Foundation team recently paid a visit to the Erdington Foodbank, which is part of The Trussell Trust network, to help with the distribution of essential supplies to those in need and seeking support.
Foodbanks supported by the Richardson Brothers Foundation include:
The Black Country Foodbank
The Colebridge Trust (Chelmsley Wood)
Droitwich Spa Foodbank
Lodge Farm (Walsall)
St Basils (Birmingham and wider West Midlands)
St Georges Hub (Wolverhampton)
Smethwick Church Action
Harry's Larder (Dudley)
Telford Crisis Support
St Matthew's Bayswater (London)
Bridging the Gap (Manchester)
For more information on The Trussell Trust visit www.trusselltrust.org