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UK food banks face record demand in coronavirus crisis

The first two weeks of the coronavirus lockdown triggered an unprecedented rise in food bank use as the economy was hit and household incomes plunged, data from hundreds of emergency food aid charities reveals. read more here

This certainly reflects our experience. Anyone can find themselves needing help from a foodbank.

 

A Year in the Life of a food bank

Journalist Natalie Bloomer’s diary of a food bank over a year makes harrowing reading.

You can read it here

The documented experiences of food bank users are familiar to us.

Channel 4 Dispatches Growing up Poor

In Britain today more than 4 million children are growing up in poverty.

8 year old Courtney and her family live off £5 a day – they rely on a food bank to eat and wear coats to bed when there’s no money for heating.

Almost 1 in 3 children in the UK are now growing up poor, like Cameron and his two sisters whose family rely on a food bank to help fill the fridge.

“We try not to eat a lot in one day, even though most of us are really hungry.”

See the full documentary here 

More people than ever are turning to food banks

More people than ever are being forced to turn to food banks, after welfare problems over the last six months have led to the steepest increase in emergency food parcel handouts in five years, according to the anti-poverty campaign the Trussell Trust. Read more here. The Guardian 13 Nov 2019

Ferocious Dog are hosting a pop up food drop for Holme Valley Foodbank at The Picturedrome!

It’s this Friday 13 September from 730pm at Holmfirth Picturedrome.

Ferocious Dog have been described as England’s best folk-punk band – a full-on six-piece band that encompass folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations.

Lead singer Ken Bonsall said “Ferocious Dog are proud to be working with the Holme Valley Food Bank at our show at the Picturedrome in Holmfirth on Friday night as part of our More Fake News & Propaganda Tour.”

Our lovely volunteers will be on hand to welcome donations of food – eg tinned meat, tinned, fish, tinned veg, pasta, rice, instant mash, biscuits – or cash.

A big Thank You to Ken Bonsall and Ferocious Dog for working with us to collect food for those in need. Wishing you a great tour, a warm welcome in Holmfirth and a fantastic audience at the fabulous Picturedrome.

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AGM

Date for your diary – Thursday 26 September 7pm

Our AGM followed by Ordinary meeting Holmfirth Methodist Church School Street, Holmfirth, HD9 7EQ. Everyone is welcome. We usually have current volunteers, aspiring volunteers, and people who want to hear a bit more about what we do.

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

The Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, undertook a mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 5 to 16 November 2018.

Although the United Kingdom is the world’s fifth largest economy, one fifth of its population (14 million people) live in poverty, and 1.5 million of them experienced destitution in 2017. Policies of austerity introduced in 2010 continue largely unabated, despite the tragic social consequences. Close to 40 per cent of children are predicted to be living in poverty by 2021. Food banks have proliferated; homelessness and rough sleeping have increased greatly… Read the full report here 

 

 

We are helping more people than ever!

More people than ever need help from Holme Valley Foodbank. We have been helping local people who are in crisis for a number of years and 2019 has certainly has been our busiest year ever. We are seeing more and more individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet, and that struggle becomes worse during the school holidays.

Visiting a foodbank is often a last resort when there is nowhere else to turn. We are here to help, and we do care. No one should go hungry.  Need our help? click here

As an independent local foodbank we are totally reliant on the support of individuals and local businesses – we do not receive any government money.

Please support Holme Valley Foodbank if you can. Click here to find out what we most need.

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You can read our latest newsletter here Newsletter August 2019

 

Poverty in the UK is ‘systematic’ and ‘tragic’, says UN special rapporteur

Prof Alston said he had heard accounts of people choosing between heating their homes or eating, children turning up to school with empty stomachs, increased homelessness and food bank use, and “story after story” of people who had considered or attempted suicide. Read more  BBC 22 May 2019

 

More than a million Yorkshire folk are living in poverty

Children are the most likely to be hit by deprivation, with nearly one in every three (30%) living in relative poverty. That means around 300,000 children across Yorkshire are living below the breadline.         Huddersfield Examiner 2 April 2019

Thats why places like The Welcome Centre, Batley Foodbank, Fusion Giving and our own Holme Valley Foodbank are so important.

Did you know we are helping more people than ever before?

So our supplies are becoming seriously depleted.

If you can help us with donations we would be really grateful.  We couldn’t do this without you! Thank you for caring.

January 10 2019: Children are arriving at a school so hungry they are searching the bins for food, its head teacher has said. Read more

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Want to know more? Please leave a message on the Food Bank mobile 07534 855 332

😀 Thank you!

We’re facing exceptional demand

The Holme Valley Food Bank is experiencing exceptional demand levels. The Financial Times (15th October 2017) reported that demand for Food Banks rose 52% after universal credit rollout. Whatever the cause of the rise we have seen this year we must be ready to meet the needs of those in difficulty.

Can you help?

If you can help, or want to know more, please leave a message on the Food Bank mobile 07534 855 332

updated 3 June 2020

See our latest Newsletter here

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