What is foodbank?
Cardiff Foodbank was officially brought into being in April 2009 as a franchise of the Trussell Trust, and is part of the National Foodbank Network. It is a project to help and support those suffering financial hardship and who are facing the reality of being unable to feed themselves or their families.
Cardiff Foodbank provided 13248 three-day emergency food supplies to local people in crisis in the 2018/2019 financial year. 38% of the food supplied helped children. 48% went to single people. The figures are a 15% rise on last year.
Over 42% of those fed in Cardiff were as a result of benefit cuts, delays and changes. Over 23% received food due to low income, but people access the Foodbank for other reasons such as: sickness, debt, bereavement, redundancy, relationship breakdown, domestic violence, homelessness and so forth. These are no respecter of person or class but simply life challenges that many people have to face.
The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK, where thirteen million people live below the poverty line. In the last year they gave over 1.6 million three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.
How it works
Food is donated by individuals, schools, businesses and churches and is sorted, dated and stored by volunteers for future use in the Warehouse in the Cardiff Bay Business Centre in Splott.
Front line professionals such as health visitors, charities, church pastoral workers, council hubs, social services, debt advice centres, etc issue clients vouchers, whilst helping them with the longer term solutions to their crises.
Clients can exchange vouchers for 3 days of nutritionally balanced emergency food from one of our seven distribution centres based across the City, which are open for two hours at a time, on different days of the week, including one evening and a Saturday morning. Here clients find a safe place to chat over a hot drink and snack and receive signposting to a range of support services from volunteers and also from the Council money advice team.
There are currently seven Foodbank distribution centres. Ely, Cathays, Llanedeyrn, City, Splott, St Mellons and Grangetown
This is a Christian Initiative enabling the whole community to fight hidden hunger in Cardiff, where nearly a third of households – that’s over 41,000 homes – are deemed to be living in poverty.
Our reason for being is based on Matthew 25:35-36 ‘I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink’. We seek to give food with one hand and hope with the other.
Cardiff Foodbank has three part time staff and works with over 200 regular volunteers. It is a charity that costs approximately £100,000 per year to run and receives no public funding.
For full details of how to access the services of the Foodbank, when the various centres are open and how to donate please visit the website cardiff.foodbank.org.uk visit the local giving page: https://localgiving.org/charity/cardifffoodbank/