The role of food banks in the local community

Aaron Spencer

Partner & Head of Private Client

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June 23, 2023

Categories Charity Law

Food bank charities have emerged as a lifeline for many communities, working tirelessly to bridge the gap between surplus and scarcity. Furley Page is delighted to support Canterbury Food Bank as its chosen charity this year. The charity was first registered as a charity in 2013 after being established by a group of local churches in 2011 and ever since they have worked to support those in need in the local community. The charity now brings together staff and volunteers of all faiths and none and have distributed 118,202 meals, fed 5,900 children and 7,256 adults 9 over the last 12 months (up to end of May 2023).

Alleviating hunger and food Insecurity

Food bank charities play a pivotal role in society, through partnerships with local businesses, farms, and individuals, these charities collect excess food that would otherwise go to waste. This food is then distributed to individuals and families facing economic hardships, helping to ensure they have access to nutritious meals. By providing a safety net for those who would otherwise go hungry, food banks contribute to the overall well-being of vulnerable members of our community.

Food bank charities go beyond the provision of food by fostering a sense of community and connection. These organisations often collaborate with local volunteers, businesses, and community groups to gather support and raise awareness about hunger-related issues. In doing so, they bring people together, bridging socioeconomic gaps and inspiring action.

Promoting wellbeing

Access to nutritious food is fundamental to leading a healthy life. Unfortunately, many low-income individuals and families struggle to afford nutritious meals, leading to a higher risk of malnutrition and related health issues. Food bank charities focus not only on providing sustenance but also on ensuring the availability of balanced, nutrient-rich food options. By distributing fresh produce, proteins, dairy products, and whole grains, these organisations empower individuals to make healthier food choices, promoting long-term well-being and reducing the burden of diet-related illnesses.

Reducing food waste

Food waste is a global concern, contributing to various economic, social, and environmental challenges. However food bank charities follow sustainable practices and help to combat this issue by rescuing surplus food that would otherwise end up in landfills and distributing this to those in need. In doing so they reduce waste, minimise greenhouse gas emissions, and conserve valuable resources such as water and energy.

Food bank charities play a pivotal role in our local communities. These organisations rely on the support of volunteers, donors, and community members to make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals and families in need; volunteers at Canterbury Food Bank have recorded 18,166 hours of unpaid work over the last 12 months (up to end of May 2023). We hope this has helped to outline the importance of food bank charities and the need for members of the community to support and actively engage with them; whether that’s by donating funds, popping something into their various supermarket donation baskets or volunteering.

For further information contact Partner, Aaron Spencer on 01227 763939.