1 in 5 of the UK population live below the poverty line, a fact that doesn’t show signs of improving quickly.
In response to this, and as part of the Lab Foundation’s commitments to supporting communities and stable homes, we looked to our own community to see how we can help.
So over the last few months, individuals from Spacelab have been volunteering at our local Trussell Trust foodbank, located just a few miles from our office.
The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 420 food banks providing emergency food to people referred for support.
Last year alone the Islington foodbank gave over 5,000 three day food supplies to people in crisis last year. A typical food parcel contains three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable, tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community.
So far we’ve given 60 hours to help unload deliveries of supplies, make up food bags, meet clients over a cup of tea, chat with them, and hand out their food bags. We’ll be continuing our volunteering commitment through the winter and helping to drive donations of much-needed supplies in the lead up to Christmas.
Giving someone a food bag can make a huge difference to someone, one recipient said to our volunteer Emma: “Wow! thank you SO much. This is more food than I've seen in a month”.
Another volunteer, Dani commented: “Initially I was a little overwhelmed but it was a really humbling experience meeting the range of people who need the foodbank. It was great getting creative and coming up with recipe ideas together for how to use the food supplies together.”
Nicki said of the experience: “It was hard to see really nice, good people, needing to use the food bank. I really enjoyed helping out, it was great to feel like I was doing something useful but it evoked so many emotions and has made me want to do more.”
Whilst we wish that foodbanks don’t have to exist, they do, and they are always in need of supplies and volunteers. Click here to find out how you can help and where your nearest foodbank is.