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July at a glance…

Our new factsheet with figures for July is now available here.

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Ever wondered what’s in a food parcel?

To ensure a balanced supply of food is provided to everyone referred, whatever the household size is, we use standard packing lists for each emergency food parcel we give out. You can see an example of a list for a single person on the right. As nutrition guidelines change over time, the Trussell Trust (we’re […]

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Primary school children affected by hygiene poverty, charity finds…

43% of parents go without basic hygiene or cleaning products because they can’t afford them. One in four families surveyed have gone without toiletries because of financial difficulties. Just last year, In Kind Direct highlighted the issue of hygiene poverty in the UK. With little money to cover the cost of everyday essentials, families are being forced […]

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Could you be one of our new trustees?

East Lothian Foodbank is looking for new talent for its board of volunteer trustees.  We’d like to recruit up to three trustees who have some time, skill and ideas to support us as we tackle food poverty and its causes. East Lothian Foodbank, affiliated to The Trussell Trust charity, is lucky to enjoy support and […]

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Do you have a van and some time on Monday 14th May to help us? 

We have a food collection day in Haddington, North Berwick and Musselburgh Tesco stores on Saturday 12th May and on Monday 14th May we are hoping to have lots of food to collect and bring back to the foodbank. Only one hitch in the plan we don’t have access to our usual van. If you […]

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Trussell Trust’s foodbank network sees a 13% increase in parcels given out compared to previous year

Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network distributed 1,332,952 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis, a 13% increase on the previous year. 484,026 of these went to children. This is a higher increase than the previous financial year, when foodbank use was up by 6.64%. Read more here. […]

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Trussell Trust calls for child benefits freeze to be lifted as new report shows families with children are most likely to need foodbanks

Read the full report here  

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February at a glance…

Our new factsheet with figures for February is now available here.

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The Red Box Project @ East Lothian Foodbank

We were very excited to deliver our first Red Box to Dunbar Grammar earlier this month. At the foodbank we see a lot of women and girls who are struggling to afford sanitary products. If a family is unable to afford food and has been referred to us, that household may inevitably include women and girls […]

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Why does having a disability or health issue make you more likely to face hunger?

Laura from Exeter Foodbank shares her view from the frontline following the publication of Trussell Trust research into disability, health and hunger earlier this week. You can read more from Laura here Why does having a disability or health issue make you more likely to face hunger?    

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