TEESSIDE University Journalism students today launched a Christmas campaign to raise awareness, money and food donations for foodbanks.
The campaign, ‘Yule Help‘, was initiated by the students after new figures revealed ten Teesside families use a foodbank every single day.
The campaign accepts non-perishable food, clothes and toys. A Just Giving page has also been set up by the students to take donations that will help fund the foodbank and its operations.
Donations can be dropped off at the fifth floor of Middlesbrough Tower at any time.
There will also be a stall set up at the Student’s Union between 11am and 2pm on Monday, November 28, to accept any donations.
Principal Lecturer in Journalism and Digital Communications, Bethany Usher said: “It’s a travesty that in the fifth richest country in the world we have people experiencing the kind of poverty they are facing in Middlesbrough today.
“More families than ever are having to make the difficult decision of heating their homes or feeding their kids.
“Journalism students wanted to do something to help and I’m happy to support them to do so. This campaign could make a real difference to families in Middlesbrough this year.”
27.95% of people using foodbanks do so as a result of benefit delays, while 23.3% turn to the foodbank due to a low income.
There are 424 foodbanks run by the Trussell Trust group.
10,573 tonnes of food was donated to foodbanks in the last year, but more is needed.
Over 1.1million people in the UK opted to use a foodbank in the last year and there has been a growth of 1million users since 2010.
The team at the Yule Help campaign want to do their bit to help but can’t do it all alone.
To find out more about the students Yule Help campaign visit the website http://ift.tt/2fIYO0L
And to see how you can donate money to the cause visit the Just Giving Page http://ift.tt/2fJ4SGp