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Wirral Foodbank support by Russell Taylor Group helps ease cost of living crisis

Posted by Catherine Tidy on 6/12/2022
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AS THE cost of living crisis hits hard in the local community, Russell Taylor Group continues to play its part in supporting those most in need.


Two vehicles loaded with £500-worth of emergency food supplies have been despatched by the business to Wirral Foodbank for distribution at its 11 centres across the area and £1,000 has also been donated to help with the organisation’s vital work among local people and their families.


The donation was on behalf of Russell Taylor Group and its subsidiaries NMS Recruit, Curtis Painting Group and Recruit Right.


Chief executive Ben Russell said: “The harsh reality of the cost of living crisis can be seen by the increasing number of people forced to use food banks simply to survive.


“As a business that believes in commitment to the local community, support for Wirral Foodbank has become one of our main priorities and a way of bringing attention among our own employees to the problems on our doorstep.


“The hardship of going without food is almost unimaginable and we hope that whatever we can do will help make a difference.”


Since opening in 2011, Wirral Foodbank, part of Trussell Trust’s UK-wide network, has helped more than 124,00 people with emergency food. This includes 43,000 children.


Nationally, between April 2021 and March 2022, the network distributed more than 2.1 million emergency food parcels to people in crisis, an increase of 14 per cent compared to the previous year. 


Richard Roberts, manager of Wirral Foodbank, said: “Emergency food is not the answer to poverty and it is only by addressing the underlying reasons can we start to make a real difference. That is why we commission Citizens’ Advice Wirral and other frontline professionals to give support and practical guidance on benefits, debt, energy and housing issues.


“Hunger is all about a lack of income and food bank use for many could be due to delays in benefits, getting into debt or lack of informal or formal support to bring solutions to poverty. Thank you for the generous support of Russell Taylor Group.”


“Businesses like Russell Taylor Group, with their support and extremely generous donations, make all our efforts possible as we focus on the people who turn to us in desperation because they just can’t afford to buy essentials.”