For families living in poverty it can often be hard to know where to turn to for help. BCP Council has put in place measures to support those families who can be referred to one of four local foodbanks. These foodbanks are all volunteer led and run as part of the Trussell Trust which exists to help combat food poverty: one of the biggest issues facing our generation.
Click on the link below to find your nearest BCP foodbank and a snipper of our frequently asked questions can be found below.
How do people manage during the summer months?
Over the summer a lot of parents panic as they will struggle without the help of free school meals. This summer local Bournemouth food banks helped children from 3 local schools by giving out 3 day hampers and free packed lunches to those who would usually receive a free school meal. This was a huge effort and a struggle for food and finances to be able to pull it off, but staff have said it was really worth it.
Are there other ways of tackling food poverty?
Yes. At the Bournemouth Trussell Trust they are trying to help people before they get to the food banks. It’s not all about food-they offer other initiatives such as cookery courses to help people cook well on a budget, and they liase with other agencies such as local debt advice charities.
Anyone needing support should contact BCP Council.