The Community Foundation has released its latest Vital Signs report focusing on why families are going hungry in North East England, and what local people and businesses can do to make a difference through giving and philanthropy.
With rising costs of living, the report reveals that low family income is a major issue for the region with the number of food parcels distributed by Trussell Trust foodbanks in the North East on the rise.
Mark Pierce, Director of Community knowledge and Funding at the Community Foundation says:
“The North East is particularly vulnerable to a rise in food poverty as we have a relatively weak regional economy which is characterised by a predominance of low-paid employment.
“People in food poverty are unable to afford to eat properly. At the Community Foundation we support a range of local projects which are making a difference, including foodbanks, breakfast clubs and schemes that redistribute unsold food.
“Philanthropy cannot solve food poverty, but our Vital Signs report will enable donors from all walks of life to support more of these community groups who help those in need.”