Mayor backs bid to give hunger the push

April 25 2013
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Volunteers helping out those in need came together last month in a triumphant push against hunger in Britain.

Mayor backs bid to give hunger the push

Volunteers helping out those in need came together last month in a triumphant push against hunger in Britain. North Bristol Foobank Torlley Push

On Tuesday, April 9, the North Bristol Foodbank team pushed a trolley from Horfield Baptist Church on Gloucester Road to Orchard School in Filton.

The Trolley Push was part of Trussell Trust’s UK-wide campaign to put an end to food poverty.  North Bristol was one of the 50 locations “Phil the Trolley” visited nationwide.

Over the last seven months, the local foodbank has fed more than 600 clients; many of whom are children.

Stewart North, the founder of the North Bristol Foodbank, believes that reliance on foodbanks is going to grow over the next three to five years because of changes to the welfare system.

He said: “It's important to keep raising the profile of foodbanks through fundraising across schools, businesses and churches. We want local communities to come together, helping each other out in creative ways.”

Stewart, alongside Tony Matthews, set up the North Bristol Foodbank in response to the developing food crisis. The rising cost of food combined with static incomes, high unemployment and changes to benefits, have forced many into a situation where they cannot afford to eat.

Tony said: “We wish a foodbank wasn’t necessary. However, until things change we'll be encouraging the community to help us in order to meet people’s needs.”
Joining the Trolley Push in his bright red trousers was Bristol Mayor, George Ferguson. He said: “I feel very strongly we should all be good neighbours by making sure people are properly fed.

“I am determined to make Bristol not just a prosperous city, but a fairer one too by distributing wealth more evenly.

“I am proud of the people who have rallied around today, and long may they continue to help out those in need.”

Around 300 additional foodbanks are set to open nationwide over the coming months, with two new outlets opening in Southmead and Lockleaze in May.

To find out more about what you can do to help, visit north bristol.foodbank.org.uk