Preston-based recruitment agency, Spencer Clarke Group is spreading the Christmas cheer by donating two supermarket trolleys, filled to the brim with food, to their local food bank, The Trussell Trust.
With inflation reaching an all time high and a cold snap in the weather putting pressure on food banks and its users, food banks are experiencing a surge in demand as people choose between heating and eating.
The number of food parcels distributed by The Trussell Trust has been gradually rising for over the last decade, with dramatic increases during 2013 and 2020, but with inflation currently surging month on month, the demand for food banks is soaring.
For the first time outside of the first year of the pandemic, food banks in the Trussell Trust network have distributed over 2.1 million food parcels in 2021-22.
Included in the donation from Spencer Clarke Group was tinned food, cereals, biscuits, soup, crisps, selection boxes and Christmas chocolates to help those in emergency need.
Mike Shorrock, managing director, said, “We regularly donate to our local food bank but we appreciate that Christmas, and the period of winter, can be a difficult time of year so we have increased our donation on this occasion.”
Shorrock continued: “It’s really important that in times of need, communities pull together and support each other in any way they can.”
If you're struggling to afford the essentials or need advice and support you can call one of The Trussell Trusts free helplines here.
To find your nearest Trussell Trust food bank, visit here.