Newport Foodbank – Trussell Trust

Newport Trussell Trust Foodbank opened on the 19th November 2013.

We work in partnership with Newport Food Bank so that everything is synced and joined up.

Volunteers are in place, referrals are picking up and they’re seeing more clients each week. The people of Newport have been incredibly generous in providing foods and extras to fill our shelves and help those in need in and around our community.

Referrals to Newport Food Bank work in the same way as they do across the Borough.

On the Application Form it says “Newport Food Bank – Applicant will get a call to arrange collection” and on every application involving the Newport Food Bank, the applicant will get a call to arrange collection or delivery.

This is because their opening times are Tuesdays 1:30pm to 3:30pm and Thursdays 09:45am to 11:45am. Therefore, inevitably, this will not be convenient for some and Newport Food Bank do all that they can to work around these times to ensure prompt delivery.

So agencies should apply in the normal way, the applicant will get a call after 5pm the same day to arrange collection or delivery most likely the following working day.

If the Applicant is called and told to collect from Newport Food Bank, their address is:

Pop In, The Guildhall
High Street
Newport
TF10 7AR

If the Applicant does not have telephone, they should be told during the application process to make their way to Newport Food Bank when it is next open.

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Emergency Use Only: Understanding and reducing the use of food banks in the UK

From Oxfam:

The use of emergency food aid in the UK, particularly in the form of food banks, has dramatically increased over the last decade. Research was jointly conducted by Oxfam, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), the Church of England and The Trussell Trust to examine why people are turning to food banks, how food bank use fits with their wider coping strategies, and what might be done to reduce the need that leads to food bank use.

Interviews with clients at seven food banks across the UK revealed that the acute crisis that leads people to turn to food banks is often set against a background of complex, difficult lives. Experiences included ill health, bereavement, relationship breakdown, heavy caring responsibilities or job loss, as well as constantly low income. The report shows that action is needed to ensure that the safety net provided by the social security system is vital. It can help prevent life shocks becoming crises, and offer vital protection for vulnerable people.

This report points to practical, measured changes in policy and practice that will help to reduce the need for food banks, and ensure vital support for people in times of crisis.

Report Summary <~ .pdf

Full Report <~ .pdf