In 2021/22, 4.7 million people (7%) in the UK were in food insecure households.
St Giles has been supporting people struggling to access nutritious food, since we started over 60 years ago, helping people held back by poverty. Even today, food insecurity is an issue that affects millions of households every day. Our support is at the core of our projects such as The Pantry and Brewbird Café.
Gillian Gaunt, Children and Families Development Manager, oversees the Leeds Pantry:
“The cost-of-living crisis is still having a devastating impact on those people forced to survive on the lowest incomes. Inflationary rises on food costs may have slowed, but families are still under enormous pressures”
The Pantry is a food hub with a difference, offering an emergency safety net and a sustainable route out of poverty within six months. For just £3.50 clients have access to quality, nutritious and healthy food along with recipes and wrap-around support to help in other areas of difficulty in their lives.
We work with organisations such as, Fareshare and City Harvest to rescue surplus, fresh, healthy food from supermarkets to support as many people as we can reach.
This world food day you can make a difference to a family or person living in food poverty with a small donation that will allow our services to keep running, supporting more and more of those in need.