Don't forget the Isle of Wight Foodbank this Christmas.

At  Christmas we all like to spoil ourselves, but we must remember those less fortunate than us.   

In the UK, one in five live below the poverty line. 

The Trussell Trust has a network of 428 food banks working to tackle food poverty and hunger in towns across the UK. 

In 2022/23 food banks in the Trussell Trust network provided 2,986,203 three day emergency food supplies in the UK. Of those, 1,139,553 were distributed to families with children . 

The Trussell Trust is a non-profit organisation which aims to help people out of crisis, so fewer people will have to rely on a food bank in the future, with programmes like ‘More than food’ .

On the Isle of Wight there are five foodbanks spread across the main towns. 

In Newport the food bank opened in 2013 and has approximately 100 volunteers who hold vouchers and distribute food. They also help volunteers build up confidence and develop new skills. 

There are many places in Newport to donate food, mostly situated at supermarkets and civil centres. 

Many people have struggled this year, with the cost of living crisis, rising bills, and accommodation costs. 

Christmas can put additional pressure on families who are struggling to just provide the basics. 

By donating to the foodbank you can rest assured that your donation is going to help the most vulnerable in society, and that you are spreading the spirit of giving at Christmas. 

While the food bank accepts primarily food donations, a thoughtful consideration may be to donate a cosmetic or a treat item so the client may have an extra special item at Christmas.