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February newsletter

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Record increase in Foodbank use amid soaring cost of living

New figures released on Thursday by the Trussell Trust show that 1.3 million emergency food parcels were provided to people between April and September this year by foodbanks in the UK network and almost half a million of these went to children. That’s a third more than were provided during the same period in 2021 […]

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October Newsletter

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Forty percent of people claiming Universal Credit skipping meals to survive, new research from the Trussell Trust reveals

The Trussell Trust has published new research highlighting the devastating impact the cost of living crisis is having on people forced to survive on the lowest incomes. One in five (21%) people were unable to cook hot food this summer as they couldn’t afford to use the oven, while almost a quarter (23%) have been unable […]

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North Cotswold Foodbank features on ITV News

On Tuesday 26th July, ITV News West Country ran a story on the cost of living crisis and the increasing demand on foodbanks in the Cotswolds. Both Cirencester and Winchcombe foodbanks featured in the report. There was an interview with Councillor Joe Harris, leader of Cotswold District Council, who said that the Council had voted […]

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Every little has helped a lot

A massive “thank you” to all the Tesco customers at Stow and Bishops Cleeve who donated to us at the recent Tesco summer collection. A record 2.3 tonnes of food was donated, which is truly remarkable, given the current cost of living increases that everyone faces. And a huge “thank you” to all the volunteers […]

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May newsletter

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Dramatic increase reported in need for emergency food

Last week, we heard the grim news that foodbanks in our network gave out more than 2.1 million food parcels to people across the UK in the past year, an increase of 14% compared to before the pandemic (2019/2020), according to figures released by the Trussell Trust. Alarmingly, more than 830,000 parcels were provided for […]

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January Newsletter

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Almost half of people at food banks have money taken by government from benefit payments during economic crisis

The Trussell Trust says 47% of households surveyed at food banks during the summer owed money to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) due to loans and overpayments of benefits – this is compared to 37% at the start of the year before the pandemic hit Almost three out of four households on Universal Credit at food banks over the summer were repaying an advance payment to the government, a loan […]

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