“Many food banks are bracing for one of the toughest winters yet…
There are roughly 2,572 food banks in the uk, and this isn’t counting all the community pantries, fridges, and freezers.
The latest government statistics say 4.7 million people were living in food poverty in 2020-21. In 2021/22, 2.1 million people in the uk lived in households which had used a food bank in the previous 12 months.
Over 60 million people live in the uk. If as many people donate as possible, we can make a serious difference to UK hunger this winter.”
We are super excited to launch the #notjust3quid campaign!
We’ve been running our own independent food banks since 2020, and are only all too aware of the increasing demand food banks are facing due to the cost of living crisis. We’re sure you are too.
The stats are frightening when they’re presented in the wrong way, which is why we want to focus on the most important statistic of all: there are over 60 million people living in the UK.
Granted, some of these people are children and babies, but about 60 million people compared to 4.2 million is a pretty big difference. It sounds to us like if we all teamed up and pitched in a little bit, we can also make a pretty big difference.
And don’t let those statistics keep you from taking part, either. The more donations food banks receive, the more variety they can offer to clients and the more clients they can accept.
Let’s all be local heroes!
Go to your local supermarket and buy as much as possible for £3 (which costs less than a coffee these days), and then donate it to your local food bank. We recommend checking on their website first to see what foods are most in demand, but if you’re stuck we have a downloadable list on our notjust3quid page.
Take a photo of you and your bounty first and upload it with #notjust3quid. The more people that see it, the more people will be taking part. Tag your local food bank too!
There is a downloadable poster available here to go up in office spaces so you can set up a collection point too.
NotJUST are a non-profit waste prevention project and humanitarian organisation, the result of a team that have been colaborating since 2015 under various names - and recently all joined together. Our work spans many different projects and locations but is tied together with two key goals: to fight waste and empower minority and disadvantaged communities.