Cost of Living Crisis Emergency Appeal
At St Giles we help people facing the greatest adversity to realise a positive future.
But with many people now unable to afford life's essentials the need for our support is increasing rapidly.
Every day we work to support people to turn their lives around. But the cost of living crisis is preventing people from securing that change and means more and more people are in desperate need of our help.
We urgently need your help to support vulnerable people through this crisis.
The help you give will enable us to continue our support for people who have nowhere else to turn.
With your support we will be able to help vulnerable people get through this crisis:
could provide a family struggling to make ends meet access to a weekly shop of healthy, nutritious food at our St Giles Pantry with wraparound practical support to help end food poverty for good.
could provide emergency support and a safe place to stay for a woman leaving prison who has experienced abuse and is unable to afford rent.
could help five families who are struggling to afford the essentials by providing them with food and support to empower them to break the cycle of poverty.
"Being out of work I found it hard to buy food so I was just living on my evening meals: porridge and cereal. I was not eating well. I was not healthy and it became a problem. I was always wondering, 'what am I going to eat today? I had no money and was struggling so much. I was at rock bottom when someone at Citizen Housing put me in touch with St Giles food bank. It was marvellous. The food is really good and I was helped to shop and choose healthy food. Now I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables when I would never have it before. It changed my life. The staff are incredible. I recommend it to anyone, it's like a second home to me."
Empowering through nutrition
The St Giles Pantry is a food hub with a difference.
We offer high quality, nutritious and healthy food to those struggling to feed themselves and their families - those held back by poverty, addiction and mental health issues, who are being disproportionately affected by the cost of living crisis.
Expert advice and personal face-to-face support is on hand from our trained Peer Advisors, who help address the underlying issues leading to poverty. People using the Pantry pay a weekly subscription of £3.50 and in return are able to access an abundance of affordable, nutritious food and added support to help them move towards independence.