By Bianca Mitchell


Make a donation to the Trussell Trust this Christmas when claiming a discount from Savoo!

The Trussell Trust will be our charity of the week from 5th - 11th December 2022. The charity supports more than 1,400 food bank centres throughout the UK that provide practical support to people who can't afford the essentials. During this period, Savoo will be donating 10% of revenue* for purchases made using any discount code across the website.

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It’s a sad fact that more than 14 million people are living in poverty in the UK, including 4.5 million children, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's UK Poverty Profile 2022. That’s a staggering and damning statistic for one of the richest countries in the world, and the soaring cost of living means that those surviving on the lowest incomes will need even more support this winter. The Trussell Trust is working towards a future where food banks will no longer be needed, but for now they continue to support people facing financial hardship.

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To help raise awareness of the excellent work they do, the Trussell Trust has answered some of our questions concerning the additional pressures they face over the festive period, particularly in light of the cost of living crisis.

What’s your big campaign this Christmas season and what should people know about your charity during the festivities?

This winter is likely to be the most challenging one that the Trussell Trust food bank network has ever faced. The Christmas period is meant to be a time for joy and celebration, but for many people it’s becoming an increasingly difficult time. More people than ever are expected to need to use a food bank this winter.

Turning the tide on hunger is something that everyone can get involved with, especially at Christmas. The Trussell Trust launched their first ever Emergency Fund Appeal at the end of October to help keep food banks going this winter. The situation is devastating, as for the first time ever, food banks are giving out more food than is being donated.

Your support could help food banks in the Trussell Trust network provide emergency food, practical support and advice, so people can access the essentials they couldn't otherwise afford.

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What additional problems do you anticipate as a result of the cost of living crisis?

The cost of living crisis is impacting everyone to some degree, but for people on the lowest incomes it can be devastating. Latest research indicates that 40% of people who claim Universal Credit are skipping meals, with two thirds forced to use the Cost of Living payment from the government on food basics within weeks of receiving it.

After 2 years of exhausting work during the pandemic, food banks are now seeing a ‘tsunami of need’. For the first time, many food banks are having to top up food donations on a scale that they’ve never seen before. In the face of rising food prices and higher energy costs, the practical support offered by food banks is providing a vital lifeline to people in communities across the UK.

Many people will find the act of reaching out for help a difficult experience, but nevertheless, this festive period, thousands of people will need emergency support for the first time. In the period from April to September 320,000 people were forced to turn to food banks in the Trussell Trust network for first time, and it’s expected that food banks will provide more than 7,000 emergency food parcels a day on average because of the accelerating costs of food essentials. For those on the lowest incomes it’s not about the ‘cost of living’, it’s about the cost of surviving!

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Volunteer at Trussell Trust Food Bank

If you had a message for Savoo users this Christmas, what would it be?

Christmas is always a busy time of year for food banks, with this year shaping up to be the busiest they have ever faced. Together with your support, the Trussell Trust can make sure that food banks, and the people who need help most are supported this Christmas. Whether a one-off donation, standing order or donated food supplies and goods, the Trussell Trust can only make a difference to people’s lives with the generosity of people like you.

With Christmas only a few weeks away, no doubt lots of people are already looking forward to the festive season. From the big Christmas dinner to what gifts to buy their families, it’s a busy time with lots to organise. Because Christmas is a time for giving and sharing, it would be great if you can challenge yourself to do some festive fundraising. Get together with friends, family or colleagues and raise money for a great cause to really get into the festive spirit.

If you’d like to raise even more money for The Trussell Trust, you can create a Savoo account and set The Trussell Trust as your chosen charity. Then, every time you save money on your online shopping at Savoo, you can watch your donations build up for them. You can also stay up to date with the Trussell Trust’s latest campaigns through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

From the 5th - 11th December, Savoo will donate 10% of our organic revenue on every discount code* to the Trussell Trust. Next week you will find a new featured charity with another chance to raise money at no extra cost to you.

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