It has now been just over 10 years since Exeter Foodbank first opened its doors. Since the very start, our long-term vision has always been to put ourselves ‘out of business’ by helping to create a world where foodbanks are no longer needed. Today that goal seems further away than ever.
In 2018/19, we provided 3 days’ worth of emergency food for 6,808 people – an increase of 23% over the previous year. In our Spring / Summer 2019 newsletter, we explore some of the reasons for this increase, what we are doing to address it – and the amazing community support that enables us to continue to provide food for local people in need despite escalating demand.
It has also been around 6 months since Universal Credit went ‘full service’ in Exeter. In our special Universal Credit supplement, 3 local people explain why hardships caused by the 5 week wait – which all claimants face before receiving their first payment – have forced them to turn to the foodbank for help. We also highlight how YOU can help by joining the Trussell Trust’s #5weekstoolong campaign to reduce the wait: https://action.trusselltrust.org/5weekstoolong
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