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Trussell Trust urges people to raid cupboards for donations in the lead up to Christmas as cost of parcels rockets

by Sophie Drew

 The Trussell Trust is urging people to raid their cupboards for unwanted food in the lead up to Christmas, as charities warn many are in for a difficult winter. 

With the rising cost of heating and food, food banks - many of which operate through churches - are likely to face more demand than ever before. 

Volunteers are expecting to dish out 1.3m emergency food parcels over the next six months. 

The cost of providing vital food parcels to families in need has risen significantly as the cost of living crisis worsens. 

New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the price of vital items usually included in the parcels has risen by 17 per cent in a year. 

Some food banks have seen the cost of a single food parcel rise from £39 to £58.

Despite hopes that the Christmas period will encourage Christians to give generously, studies show that a lack of understanding often contributes to food going to waste, or donations not being given. 

The Christian charity has paired up with Deliveroo, the takeaway service, to ensure more donations make it to the centres this Christmas. 

According to a study by the food delivery business, 74 per cent of Brits have unopened food in their cupboards that they would be willing to donate to a food bank, but 20 per cent are unaware of services in their area. A further eight per cent say they do not know what to donate, so don't bother. 

Deliveroo will be collecting food from people's houses across Manchester, Birmingham, London, Glasgow and Cardiff throughout November. 


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