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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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Foodbanks – a legacy of the 2008 financial crisis

Food banks were practically unheard of in the UK before the 2008 recession, but there are now more than 2,000.  Why is this, how do they work and how can you help?  Find out more here.

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Universal Credit Uncovered

Over the past nine weeks the Trussell Trust has been working with a wide range of charities and organisations on #UniversalCreditUncovered, shining a spotlight on the reality of living under Universal Credit. Find out more about what they’ve uncovered here – https://bit.ly/2KfasAJ  

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Summer holiday pop up foodbank

This year our Dorking Foodbank summer pop up reached out to help 45 adults and 63 children.  Thank you to the Children’s Centre for hosting the event and to everyone who donates food to help those who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. A big thanks also to our volunteer team who give […]

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Holiday hunger – the problem is growing

The Guardian reports that “church and community food banks are preparing for their busiest summer yet.” School holidays, sadly, simply mean more hardship and hunger for families with children who would normally receive free school meals.   If you’re struggling, let us help you – click here to find out more. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/21/food-banks-scramble-stop-1-million-children-school-holidays

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Fitness fun for kids

Check out the 10 Minute Shake Up, the new national campaign from Change4Life and help keep your kids active and healthy this summer.

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