Trussell Trust statistics for Walsall

The Trussel Trust, a charity that works to support food banks and aims to end poverty and hunger across the UK, has released its end-of-year statistics.

In the area covered by Walsall Borough Council, 1,493 three-day emergency food supplies were given to local people in crisis between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019; 688 of these went to children.

Across the UK, there was a record rise of 18.8% in the number of these three-day emergency food supplies distributed by the Trussel Trust over the past year alone.

The Trussel Trust’s campaign, #5WeeksTooLong, calls for the five week wait for the first Universal Credit payment to be ended as the first step towards the UK becoming a country that no longer needs food banks.