14 May 2013

MyDonate attends UK Foodbank conference

Foodbank A team from MyDonate is set to attend the Foodbank Network National Conference 2013 in Birmingham this week.

The team has been invited by UK Foodbanks keen to find out more about MyDonate’s free online fundraising service – and how the service can help the UK’s Foodbank organisations to do even more to support people up and down the country struggling to feed themselves and their families.

Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK.

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

Help needed

In 2012-13Foodbanks fed 346,992 people nationwide. Of those helped, 126,889 were children. 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. More than 325 Foodbanks have been launched and the goal is for every town to have one.

Jane Swift is a Foodbank volunteer who also works for BT.

She said: “It’s great news that a team from MyDonate will attend our conference in Birmingham. Foodbanks provide an incredible service helping to crack hunger across the UK. I know that some of the UK Foodbanks have already signed up to MyDonate. Hopefully this conference will give lots of other Foodbanks a chance to learn how effective the MyDonate service is – and how easy it is to register.”

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