KEEPING FOOD BANKS IN OPERATION DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

The Food Bank Show presenter pledges funds to help alleviate pressure on nation’s food banks

With more than 14 million people, including 4.5 million children, living in poverty in the UK there has never been a more important time for food banks to provide communities with the basics they need to survive as they face the abyss with many companies shedding staff and the future looking bleak.

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However, food banks, which 2% of the nation’s families (about 400,000) rely on, are also being hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic with volunteers being laid low or taking precautions to self-isolate and supermarkets being stripped by shoppers failing to consider their wider communities. There have also been fewer financial donations while elderly volunteers have also been forced to take a back seat.

Seeing families in strife brought tears to the eyes of Steve Bennett, a businessman and author, who has become a broadcaster, producing a daily YouTube programme, The Food Bank Show, which aims to generate support and donations to, keep food banks going with feeding those in need.


Bennett has teamed up with the Trussell Trust, which organises a nationwide network of food banks, and has pledged to match donations up to the first £100,000 with people able to donate via text or the justgiving page The Food Bank Show.


Trussell Trust is joining forces with Bennett in order to increase awareness of the need to keep food banks stocked and do all they can to help families in poverty at this time. The show also looks at ways we can reshape the nation’s eating habits and improve everyone’s health, something which is covered by doctors, medical experts and chefs all offering their advice on The Food Bank Show. 

Steve Bennett, businessman and author, is producing a daily YouTube programme – The Food Bank Show, which aims to generate support and donations to, keep food banks going with feeding those in need.