when you run a business, and rely on drumming up customers/sales, it is very easy to become consumed by your own self-interest. so this is a conscious effort against that.
the trussell trust is an anti-poverty charity that runs a network of foodbanks across the uk. as of april 2017, they were running 420 of them - a reflection of the growing demand & increase in food poverty throughout the country. the attendance at foodbanks had increased 7% on last year, with an estimated total of 1,182,954 3-day emergency food supply packs being supplied to people in crisis between april 2016 and march 2017. of these, almost half a million were to children.
this could very easily turn into a rage-fuelled rampage about how disgraceful it is that one of the world’s richest countries cannot afford to feed its citizens (but can, apparently, spend £61 MILLION on repairing a big clock), but that’s not achieving much. the point of this, really, is to show how easy it is to help out - even if you’re as skint and busy as me.
if you google your nearest foodbank, not only will you get a list of the drop-off points closest to you - along with their opening hours and full address - but you’ll also get a breakdown of the items they need most currently. in glasgow southeast (my local area), this is what they are most desperate for:
diluting juice (1 litre)
tea bags (pack of 80)
dried pasta (500g)
UHT milk (1 litre)
tinned tomatoes (400g)
a tin of tomatoes from aldi is 29p. regardless of our income, our job, or our lifestyle - almost every one of us can afford to spare 29p. one tin is enough. that is helping.
here are the items that are typically found in an emergency 3-day food supply - usually non-perishable, nutritionally balanced items that will provide 3 days’ worth of healthy, balanced food:
- breakfast cereals
- pasta sauce
- tinned beans
- tinned meat
- tinned vegetables
- tinned fruit
- tea or coffee
i checked each one on the tesco website to see how much, roughly, it would be (i know everyone doesn’t live near enough to a lidl/aldi and i wanted to compare with the ‘big’ supermarkets to see how if it was still feasible):
everyday value cornflakes - 40p
everyday value 4-pack veg soup-in-a-mug - 20p
‘hearty food co’ penne pasta (500g) - 30p
everyday value long grain rice (1kg) - 45p
‘hearty food co’ tomato & herb pasta sauce (440g) - 39p
everyday value baked beans (420g) - 25p
everyday value red kidney beans (400g) - 30p
everyday value tinned sliced carrots (300g) - 20p
everyday value tinned peaches (410g) - 35p
everyday value 40 tea bags - 25p
everyday value coffee granules (100g) - 79p
everyday value chocolate chip cookies (250g) - 40p
everyday value snack assortment 12 pack - 59p
everyday value variety crisps 12 pack - 66p
butterkist cinema sweet popcorn - 74p
not a single item is more than a pound, and we can easily spend more than that on a coffee & cake in one sitting.
it’s also worth remembering that many people who attend food banks also have food allergies/intolerances, and that this is rarely catered for by people donating so if you can pick up some gluten-free/dairy-free/egg-free bits then it’ll be a couple of extra £s that could make a massive difference to someone.
with black friday approaching, consider sparing £5 of your budget, and put it towards helping people to literally survive.
be kind, be compassionate, and fuck the tories.