Supporting local and regional food banks has always been close to our hearts at Unite Professionals. This spring, we realised how significantly the current economic climate and self isolation restrictions would impact on the UK’s food banks. We decided to invest in two of our local food banks in order to support their heroic efforts during this critical time.
Taunton Food Bank have experienced a very busy financial year – the most intense they have ever experienced in their eight years of running, according to the manager Sue Weightman.
She shared figures with Unite following our donation, in which demand for food increased by 133% compared to the same period last year. They provided food for 1,630 people from the period of 15 March, which was the weekend before lockdown and 20th being the Friday that schools closed, until the end of April 2020. That figure was just 679 people in 2019.
“This helps you to see how much the donation from Unite has helped even in the last 7 weeks. Thank you for the continuation of support from Unite – we could not continue our work without such support. Thank you so much again for all the support we receive from you.”
-Sue Weightman, Taunton Food Bank Manager
Sue added that further increases in number have occurred due to job losses but that our support is greatly helping them cope with ensuring people in need have food to eat.