Foodbanks to Merge to Keep Supporting People in Crisis

Foodbanks Merge

Yate & Chipping Sodbury Foodbank will merge with North Bristol Foodbank at the end of August.

The charities, which are part of the Trussell Trust network, agreed the move in order to ensure the provision of distributing emergency food to people experiencing poverty can continue in South Gloucestershire.

The team at North Bristol Foodbank will now oversee the management of foodbank outlets in Yate, Mangotsfield and Thornbury after the project manager at Yate & Chipping Sodbury decided to retire earlier this year.

The level of signposting support and access to emergency food will remain unchanged.

Work is now underway to update referral agencies in the area of the merge and name change but both charities have stressed support is still available to people in crisis, with the number of people needing emergency food increasing year-on-year.

Between March 2018 to April 2019, the food banks combined, handed out 7,402 three-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis. A total of 3,130 of these went to children.

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