Talk training have recently acquired an unusual item which has been placed at the bottom of our stairs: a shopping trolley.

The reason for obtaining a shopping trolley is that the Talk training works council, Talk Point recently voted to support a local Food Bank. All staff and visitors are encouraged to donate food items for those in financial difficulties; the donations will be given to the Food Bank in Rhondda (website here, @Rhonddafoodbank) for local distribution.

Who are Food banks for?

You may be surprised to know that almost 700,000 people live below the poverty line in Wales and everyday people go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy, to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Food banks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis. In 2013-14 Food banks fed 79,049 people in Wales, of those 27,901 were children.

Where did ‘food banks’ originate?

The ‘foodbank’ network is part of The Trussell Trust, a Christian charity committed to community action against poverty and marginalisation in the UK and Bulgaria (website here).

How does it work?

The picture below shows how the process works:

What can I donate?

The items below, with a minimum 3 month expiry date:














Special thanks to ALDI in Upperboat , Pontypridd who donated the trolley for this worthwhile cause.