Foodbank is about emergency food for people in crisis.
In the UK 13 million people live below the poverty line. Every day people go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
In 2013-14 foodbanks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children.
Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, underemployment and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers are being referred to foodbanks for emergency food.
The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 420 foodbanks currently launched, their goal is for every town in the UK to have one.
In Lisburn, the foodbank is run in partnership with local churches and led by Kingdom Life City Church. Lisburn Grace Communion collects food each week at church services and then delivers to the Lisburn food bank.
Lisburn foodbank also provides a minimum of 3 days emergency food and support to local people in crisis.
Since opening the Lisburn branch has helped feed over 1135 people (615 adults, 520 Children) - demand has been increasing over the last few months.
The foodbank helps families and couples but the majority of recipients are single or single parents.
If you, or someone you know, need help please contact the Lisburn Foodbank, Kingdom Life City Church.
1-3 Graham Gardens
The centre is open from 11.00am to 1,00pm Tuesday and Thursday. The foodbank is only able to give food to people with a valid red food voucher.
Food donations should be non-perishable and have at least 3 months of its use by date remaining.
To find out how it works please check the foodbank website - http://lisburn.foodbank.org.uk/how-it-works
Brian Agnew, Pastor at Kingdom Life City Church Lisburn, reported 23 September 2015 that, "The other 2 Foodbanks in Lisburn have joined with us now, with around 15 churches helping.
We are now open 4 mornings per week, with 30 regular helpers each week in the Foodbank.
Since opening, we have served 3,500 people, collected over 36 tonnes of food and have almost 50 referral agencies giving out vouchers. We have begun an number of other programmes to assist people who are coming to the Foodbank ie budgeting & addiction courses."
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