November News Update


Donation News We have benefitted from some wonderful donations during October. Whitehawk FC held a collection day for us and collected nearly 190 kilos of food – amazing result! The foodbank team really enjoyed the game (shame about that result) and the warm welcome they received at the Enclosed ground.  Here’s Steve, Vicar of St […]

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Reverse Advent Calendars – How to help at Christmas


We are so grateful when people and businesses want to help those in our community in food poverty. Christmas is our busiest time of year and we also see an increase in people wanting to donate which is wonderful!  Thank you. There are a couple of ways you can help: We always welcome financial contributions. This allows us […]

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Local Foodbank demand soars 62% in one year


The Trussell Trust released its mid-year statistics today and reported a 13% rise in numbers based on the same period in 2016.  In areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out, the average increase in uptake was 30%. In Whitehawk we have seen an increase of 62% over the last six months compared with 2016, […]

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News Update – 2 October 2017


Increasing numbers at the foodbank August 2017 saw a sharp rise in the number of people being served by our foodbank compared to August 2016. In the month of August 2016 we fed a total of 117 people, of which 59 were children. In August 2017 we fed a total of 246 people, of which 71 […]

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Tesco Collection Day – Breaking Records!

The team at work

On Saturday 16th September 2017 we had our first in-store collection day at the Tesco Superstore in Hove. Tesco allow foodbanks to collect in their stores twice a year and also offer a 20% cash top up on the donations received – we are tremendously grateful for their support. We had a wonderful team of […]

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Helping those in Period Poverty


In 2016 The Whitehawk Foodbank set up the Monthlies scheme in response to a comment made by a youth leader about the hygiene problems being faced by some of the girls in her group. This in turn led to bullying and was a direct result of having very limited access to sanitary products. The foodbank […]

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6 Unexpected Things Foodbanks Need

Food sorting - pasta and tins boxes large

A visit to the food bank isn’t exactly a traditional Christmas activity, but one UK charity is asking for a little extra help this month, when demand is at its highest and families are choosing between eating and heating.

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Why Would a Mum Doing a Business Degree Find Herself Begging on the Streets This Winter?

warehouse volunteers chatting about tinned food

With Christmas approaching, Michele from Brent Foodbank shares how she’s helping to make the festive season special for those struggling. “For the past few days I haven’t been to the street begging for money to buy food for me and my baby…” This was what a mother at Brent Foodbank told us recently. She was […]

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Emergency Budget gets the food poverty test


David McAuley, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust said: “We have two simple tests for the budget being delivered today.  Firstly, what does it do to reduce the number of people in poverty and hunger?  Secondly, what does it do to ensure the Government is supporting the work of charities and social enterprise in taking […]

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Listening to the lives behind the foodbank statistics

MPs and peers discussed tackling UK poverty. The Trussell Trust, along with dozens of representatives from its UK network of foodbanks, were in parliament yesterday speaking with MPs and Peers about the work they do to combat hunger and poverty. Hosting the event, Chris White MP commended the varied work of the Trussell Trust’s foodbanks, […]

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