13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK and 1 in 5 Mums go without food in order to feed their children!

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.

In 2011-12 foodbanks fed 128,687 people nationwide, in 2012-13 they anticipate this number will rise to over 290,000. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help.

The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 325 foodbanks currently launched, their goal is for every town in the UK to have one.

The Trussell Trust expects demand for support from foodbanks to increase significantly putting increased pressure on  their foodbank stocks.

Foodbanks will then need greater support from the public to sustain their ability to meet local people’s needs when they are in crisis.

Coeliacs and people on a Gluten Free diet will be among those seeking help from a foodbank so please consider including a Gluten Free donation when next doing your shopping.

Find your nearest foodbank where you can make a donation:


3 Opened – Craigavon / Newtownards / Bangor

6 Under development – Lisburn / Dundonald / North Belfast / Larne / Ballymena / Causeway

Download UK foodbank report on how foodbanks work, foodbank growth and who they help

Click here to read their position on the impact of changes to the Social Fund

Why do people need emergency food?

Today people across the UK will struggle to feed themselves and their families. Redundancy, illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and paying for the additional costs of heating during winter are just some of the reasons why people go hungry. Read client stories

foodbanklistWhat’s in a foodbox?

Each foodbox contains a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.

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Food Banks in Ireland can be found here –





If you know of others please let us know – derek@glutenfreeireland.com



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