BBC today feature rise in people needing emergency food
Posted on April 26th, 2012 at 11:47AM
We all know it's not just emergency need for food that is on the rise but for all the basic necessities of life. Acts 435 runs very effectively alongside Food Banks as other needs are identified as food is distributed.
Reported on the BBC news this morning were the not altogether surprising figures of increase in people using Food Banks. The BBC Newsbeat website states:
"There's been a big rise in the number of people using food banks according to a charity which helps people who can't afford to eat. The Trussell Trust, which runs over two hundred food banks in the UK, says it's seen demand nearly double in the last 12 months. It comes just a day after the UK economy went into its first double dip recession since the 1970s. The charity said it has opened two new food banks every week in the last year." http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/17852982
Our most prolific church, which has received over £8,000 from Acts 435 for specific items for people in need, runs a successful Food Bank and Furniture Bank too. Nevertheless, as they meet people struggling, they hear of other needs - perhaps items for a baby on the way, or a carpet in a cold house, help to avoid rent eviction or clothing for an interview - and they are able to post these requests on the Acts 435 website and rejoice as the money comes in from those who are moved by the very real, tangible difficulties that many people are facing at this time.
A double dip recession, yes, but ongoing donations are being made on our site, with new donors signing up each week. We praise God for this provision to make a small but significant difference in the lives of many such as Greg who received £100 from Acts 435 at a very important point in his life enabling him to pay off some bills and purchase a new pair of desperately needed trainers, his had no sole left. Or Ruth who finds it hard to comprehend that people who don't even know her could be so generous as to provide the funds for a washing machine. This gift has really touched her.
There are many people at the moment struggling alone. To know that someone somewhere cares is hugely significant and the church has such a message of hope and love for each and every one.