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FOOD SECURITY FACTS
8.4 MILLION PEOPLE EXPERIENCED FOOD POVERTY IN THE UK IN 2014
THE UK IS IN THE BOTTOM HALF OF EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
4% OF CHILDREN LIVE IN FAMILIES THAT CAN'T AFFORD TO FEED THEM PROPERLY
The Bread Project was founded by Pastor Christina Emmanuel in 2011. The project was borne out the belief that every human being has the right to food, and the ethos that it is is a core Christian duty to provide for people in need. As Jesus said, "Whenever you looked after someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you cared for me."
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Bread Project is not a food bank, but a free food shop. This distinction may seem pointless, but it is an important one - traditional food parcels are often wasteful, filled with food that families don't, or can't eat. We go to great lengths to stock the shop with a huge variety of products, thus ensuring that as many varied taste as possible are catered for. Central to the Project is the ability to empower people to make their own choices, our customers pick what they need - all free of charge.
What is more, our friendly volunteers are always there to lend a helping hand, and - unlike your local supermarket - counselling is available to those who want it.
The Free food shop can only be accessed by referral. Prior to each shop opening, the Project reaches out to various agencies, groups and relevant organisations including Charities, Faith groups, Educational institutions, Government Agencies, Health organisations, GP surgeries, Clinics, Community Healthcare Agencies, Housing Associations, Care Providers, Local Agencies etc. for referrals of prospective shoppers. On the odd occasion, people can self refer. Please note, all Referrers must complete the necessary forms, for the clients to access the shop. Anyone or family referred can attend the shop on the allocated day, where they can shop for free.