Foodbanks: An in depth look

Christmas.

The time of year where we over indulge on too much turkey, have one too many glasses of Sherry and eat a year’s supply of chocolate.

And we think nothing of it.

For some people, this could not be any more wrong.

Being the most expensive holiday on the calendar, it’s often difficult to keep on top of the expenses. Even for basic things such as, food.

This is when foodbanks are used.

Foodbanks are non-profitable, charitable organisations, set up for people who are finding it difficult to afford food.

Trussell Trust is the UK’s largest foodbank organisation, with over 400 foodbanks and 40,000 volunteers all over the country – five being located in Middlesbrough.

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Some of the food that is given out to the foodbank users.

Since starting three years ago, the Middlesbrough Trussell Trust foodbanks which are located in Central Middlesbrough, Linthorpe Road and Hemlington, have helped over 3,500 clients.

Local Trussell trust volunteer Soroush Sadeghzadeh said: “The foodbank in Middlesbrough is important as a lot of people needed access to it at different times throughout the year, it’s a life line to many people and they would go hungry and sometimes people don’t know about us.”

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MANAGER: Soroush, Middlesbrough food bank.

The foodbank works via a voucher system whereby; the clients are issued with a voucher before they collect their food parcels.

“The voucher system is there so people don’t become reliant on the foodbanks and so they get the help and support they need to allow them to get back on their feet as soon as possible. The voucher system is also a good way to keep a record of the person who is using the foodbank and why they are using it, and how we can help them move forward.” Said Soroush.

Trussell trust work with over 130 agencies in the Middlesbrough area, to help identify the people who are in difficulty. Which means, that the clients are not only issued with notorious, non-profitable food but, are also gaining specialist help and advice they need.

Since starting three years ago, the Middlesbrough Trussell Trust foodbanks which are located in Central Middlesbrough, Linthorpe Road and Hemlington, have helped over 3,500 clients.

In the year 2015-2016, 1,109,309 million three-day emergency food parcels were given out by Trussell Trust, an increase of nearly 25,000 parcels the previous year.

“The foodbank in Middlesbrough is important as a lot of people needed access to it at different times throughout the year, it’s a life line to many people and they would go hungry and sometimes people don’t know about us.

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LUXURY ITEMS: More treats.

“The greatest thing for me is seeing people restore their lives, people who had no hope of getting help and they came to us and we were able to do something in order to restore their home, but also to reassure them, that they aren’t the only one in that situation, and we accept them regardless of who they are and what background they are in. The encouraging thing is that some of our clients have become volunteers.”

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Manager, Saroosh, educating our news team about the Warehouse.

“Thank you so much for helping in whatever way you are helping, whether it’s large or small does make a difference in the community. Also, it’s not just about giving, it’s about raising awareness and trying to make people aware of what’s happening in the community.

Imagine not waking up to basic things on a morning, or not coming home to a decent meal on the table.

If you ever think that families near you aren’t struggling, they are. This is the proof.

So please, do something good this Christmas.

Donate whatever you can and give a family in Teesside a Christmas.

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