In April 2017 The Trussell Trust, a UK anti-poverty charity, released new foodband statistics revealing that over 1,182,000 three day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis in past year, with over 436,000 being given to children. This shows just how many people in the UK are in need.
In February this year the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published findings showing that Four million more people are living below an adequate standard of living and are just about managing. Just managing families are on the tipping point of falling into poverty as prices rise in the shops. Forecasts show that the cost of living could be 10 per cent higher by 2020 meaning that the need for foodbanks is set to increase.
Following an impressive effort in a festive foodbank collection last year at Sharratts, Sharratts staff are intending to raise awareness of this issue and support their local food bank again this month. The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on roughly the equivalent of £1 per day. Staff are therefore challenging themselves to live on £1 a day for all of their food and drink for 5 consecutive days between 18 and 22 September 2017.
Those taking part will be donating food to the equivalent value of their usual weekly shop to the food bank and will be asking those wishing to donate to do so with food items rather than financial contributions, in doing so we hope to stock up our local food bank for the months leading to Christmas when Sharratts will take part in their second annual festive food bank collection.
Could you live on £1 a day? Why not take up the challenge with your company or friends to support your local food bank or chosen charity.