First ever Fuel Bank opens in Brent


The Trussell Trust and energy supplier npower is today launching the first ever Fuel Bank in Brent.  The scheme gives foodbank users with pre-payment meters vouchers for gas or electricity, so they do not have to choose between ‘heating and eating’. Because the scheme gives people around two weeks’ worth of energy, the value of […]

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Fresh start for Brent Foodbank

Brent foodbank launch

Brent Foodbank enters a new era, with a refurbished space and anti-poverty projects launched, at a new location in Willesden. “I am so much happier – I cried tears of joy at the foodbank. I had no hope… I was so desperate and they were there for me” February 12, 2016 saw the relaunch of […]

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Griddled peaches with rice pudding ice-cream

Recipes donated by Mark Hix Griddled peaches with rice pudding ice-cream Serves 4 This is not really an ice-cream as such, but simply frozen rice pudding enriched with egg whites. But it makes a delicious and colourful dessert that any novice cook could turn out for an impressive dinner-party pudding. 1 x 425g can of […]

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Tuna Tortilla

Recipes donated by Mark Hix Tuna tortilla Serves 4 A can of tuna can often save the day when it’s transformed into a tasty snack or a brunch-type dish such as this. It’s pretty good value for money and it will go quite a long way when you add in a few cooked potatoes. 1 […]

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Corn Chowder

Recipes donated by Mark Hix Corn chowder Serves 4-6 Sweetcorn is one of my favourite foods in tins. It’s always sweet and flavoursome, vibrant yellow and has a bit of bite to it. Corn chowder is a great American brunch dish. A large bowl with some crusty bread makes a welcome lunchtime meal on its […]

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Corned Beef Fritters

Recipe donated by Mark Hix Corned beef fritters with tomato Serves 4 I always have a few tins of corned beef in my larder, usually to make a brunch-style corned beef hash with a fried egg on top, but on this occasion corned beef fritters seemed appropriate, with a sauce made from a can of […]

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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

voluteer chatting to client over tea and biscuits

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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