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Ask your next MP to pledge to protect people from hunger

This General Election, we’re asking all candidates to pledge to protect people from hunger by ensuring everyone has enough money for the basics. If you’d like to write to your local candidates and tell them why they need to take action, then the Trussell Trust has created a simple online letter that you can use […]

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Today we reveal the State of Hunger in the UK

Trussell Trust research shows that households who have been referred to a food bank have an average weekly income after housing costs of just £50. They’re struggling to afford to buy the absolute essentials that we all need to eat, stay warm and dry, and keep clean – with 94% in real destitution.  Read here […]

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The shining light of kindness!

There’s no end to the talent, creativity and generosity of our community! Thank you Surrey Hills Arts for supporting the Dorking Area Foodbank through your Harvest – One Moon celebration on Box Hill. It looked amazing and we are very grateful for the food donations your visitors brought to the event.

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UK attitudes towards poverty and hunger

A survey for the Trussell Trust foodbank network shows 87% of those quizzed consider hunger to be a problem in the UK. Findings from this survey have been reported here.

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Making child poverty a top priority

The Times speak to Gordon Brown who claims token attempts to tackle child poverty will leave tens of thousands of children struggling as part of a “growing army of the poor”. Read more here.

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A big thank you to our driving volunteers!

We really appreciate all your hard work in collecting the generous donations from our supermarket donation points and transporting food to our distribution centre.   You play another valuable role in helping us run our foodbank and supporting our local community in crisis.

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Back to school costs a real struggle

A cash-strapped family were forced to rely on a food bank after school uniform costs swallowed their cash for groceries. Read more about Mr Hemming’s story here.

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Growing welfare services pressure in schools

More schools in England are setting up food banks to help feed their pupils’ families, according to the biggest school governors’ organisation. Read more the National Governance Association’s annual survey here.

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Renting while on Universal Credit – the negative perceptions and the real issues

Landlords are calling on the Government to improve the Universal Credit system to increase their confidence about renters on benefits. They have warned that without change, Universal Credit claimants could struggle to find homes due to landlord concerns about the financial risk. iNews reports on new research by the Residential Landlords Association.

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#5WeeksTooLong : Please Email The Chancellor

Chancellor Sajid Javid holds the government’s purse strings and is “fast-tracking” decisions on what the government will spend in the next year.The ‘Spending Review’ will now be sometime in September. Will he use it to end the five-week wait for Universal Credit? You can help right now tell him why you think ending the five-week wait must be a  priority.

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