Vodafone’s UK CEO, Ahmed Essam, joined Business Director Nick Gliddon and Nicki Lyons, Director of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, to do some volunteering work at a Trussell Trust food bank in Greenwich recently. What did they learn?
Food banks provide emergency help to people who don’t have enough money for essentials, and demand has been rising in recent years, said Jamie Ginns, project manager for the Greenwich Foodbank, part of the Trussell Trust’s national food bank network.
He was welcoming Vodafone UK’s new recruits to the packing and distribution centre, one of several throughout the London Borough.
Cuts to universal credit and the cost of living crisis, following on from the economic hardships caused by the pandemic, has seen the need for food banks soar over the last year while donations have dropped, he explained.
The Trussell Trust network provided more than 2.1 million food parcels for people in financial hardship in the year 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 – a 14% increase compared to the same period the year before.
“We are bracing ourselves for what we think will be the worst autumn and winter ever, and we have just four months’ worth of food in our centre,” Jamie said.