The cost of living crisis has left many people with a heightened level of anxiety and stress. Statistics show that 1 in 5 of the UK population are now living below the poverty line, with Newport Foodbank issuing 2416 3 day emergency food parcels to those in crisis last year.
Newport Foodbank seeded by The Trussell Trust opened in 2013 and believes that no-one should have to go hungry. They work to provide people in crisis with 3 days’ worth of nutritionally balanced food, and can usually support dietary needs such as gluten free, halal or vegetarian.
Newport County AFC and Dragons RFC have teamed up this year as part of the EFL’s ‘Supporting Communities’ initiative to provide support to those in our local community during the cost of living crisis.
How you can help
· On Saturday 10th December there will be a bucket collection prior to kick off of our League 2 fixture against Doncaster Rovers, so if you do have any spare change that you can give, please do so.
· You can provide a cash donation to Newport Foodbank, by putting your donation in an envelope marked FOODBANK DONATION and handing it in to the ticket office.
· Donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries are welcomed to be dropped off at the FanZone Marquee at Rodney Parade during any of the winter fixtures.
Newport County AFC supporter, Jim Drewett has been raising money for Newport Foodbank and has taken part with the Club in collections and deliveries for the past couple of years and is hoping for a great response from all supporters this year to help those who need it the most.
If you need help
If you need help then you can contact a referral agency such as Citizens Advice, housing support officers, children’s centres, health visitors, or social services for a foodbank voucher.
You can also get in touch with Newport Foodbank directly on 01633 822211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org where the team can direct you to a referral agency who will be able to issue a foodbank voucher to you.
We know that these are worrying times for many. When you are feeling low, we know that it takes great courage to speak up about how you are feeling, but remember that it is important to have the support that you need. If you are struggling with your mental health and wellbeing please do reach out to a family member, friend or one of the organisations listed below. You are not on your own.
These organisations will be able to help and support you:
· Your local GP
· C.A.L.L – Mental Health Helpline for Wales
Freephone: 0800 132 737
Text the word ‘HELP’ to 81066
· The Samaritans
Freephone: 116 123
Text the word ‘SHOUT’ to 85258
· The Mix (for under 25s)
Text ‘THE MIX’ to 85258
· If you are at immediate risk of harm, please call 999 for an ambulance or attend your local A&E department
To learn more about Newport Foodbank please visit their website Newport Foodbank | Helping Local People in Crisis
*Statistics taken from Newport Foodbank website.*