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31.03.2011

The franchise community aids families in crisis

As increasing numbers of people in crisis turn to UK foodbanks for emergency food, exhibitors and delegates that attended The Franchise Supplier Event in November are continuing to help make sure that more families struggling to put food on the table receive emergency food. There are over 90 Trussell Trust foodbanks operating across the UK, but to meet the demand every town needs a foodbank. By raising £2,247, The Franchise Supplier Event is funding a Regional Foodbank Development Coordinator for one day a week for a period of 6 months, helping to open more foodbanks nationwide.

The Trussell Trust charity uses a social franchising model to enable local churches and communities to open foodbanks across the UK. Each foodbank works with local care professionals such as doctors and social workers to identify people in crisis and provide them with three days of emergency food and support.

As a charity clearly linked to franchising and experiencing a huge demand for its services, The Franchising Centre & SelectYourFranchise decided to use their recent Franchise Supplier Showcase Event to raise much-needed funds for The Trussell Trust.

The Franchising Centre Director Bill Pegram says: “As a business that helps franchises to grow, it seemed only natural to support the foodbank network which is using a social franchise model to launch more foodbanks nationwide. The foodbank is such a simple and effective project that is changing the lives of people on the breadline and we are delighted to support such a great cause.”

Trussell Trust Director Chris Mould says: “Every day foodbanks meet people who are struggling to put food on the table. We see parents who are skipping meals to enable their children to eat, or people on low incomes forced to choose between eating and heating or paying rent because they have hit a crisis. People turn to foodbanks for reasons ranging from redundancy or fleeing domestic violence to something as simple as receiving an unexpectedly large bill when on a low income. The Trussell Trust is working hard to launch more foodbanks across the UK and The Franchise Supplier Showcase’s very generous gift will help to make this possible. We are immensely grateful – their support will mean that more people facing crisis in the UK receive emergency food when they need it most.” (kbp)

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