Tropic Skincare are standing with the Trussell Trust to build a hunger free future and a UK without the need for food banks. Within the first six months of the partnership, Tropic has raised an amazing £100,000 in support of our work. That is double the amount in half the time Tropic and the Trussell Trust were aiming for, which is astounding. We’re very grateful for this incredible support.
Between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, a record 2.5 million emergency food parcels were given to people in crisis by food banks in the Trussell Trust network. That’s a shocking 33% increase in need on the previous year, and almost a million of these parcels went to children.
Need at food banks has been increasing year-on-year, and these new figures highlight an alarming 128% rise compared to this time five years ago. Importantly, our network’s figures are just the tip of the iceberg. They do not include the number of people helped by the countless new community organisations, independent food banks, and local authorities, which have sprung up during the pandemic to support their communities.
Through Tropic’s Infinite Purpose of creating a healthier, greener, more empowered world, they reached out to the Trussell Trust saying they had created a hand sanitiser specifically to support us, with all the profits being donated to support our work. The success of their campaign can be attributed to the enthusiasm and dedication of their family of ambassadors who believe in their products and are invested in Tropic’s values, that Tropic aims to be a force for good beyond beauty.
Tropic’s fantastic fundraising efforts have meant that the Trussell Trust can continue to provide their core support to food banks in the network.
This includes, but is not limited to, our operational teams providing bespoke one-to-one support to food banks, and food banks in the network having access to and the support of a range of unique cloud-based systems. The Trussell Trust also works with academics and researchers to understand the root causes of food bank referrals so we can then work with policy makers to push for changes that would better protect people from needing a food bank.
Our free telephone helpline, Help Through Hardship, run in partnership with Citizens Advice, continues to provide specialist income maximisation advice for people and families in crisis and has recovered over £7 million in benefit or tax credit gain since September 2020, approximately £3,000 in additional benefits and savings for each person supported.
The Trussell Trust is also a grant-awarding body for food banks in the network and we’ve been able to award more than £1.2 million to help food banks continue the vital work they do in their communities.
We’re so glad Tropic are partnering with the Trussell Trust and their support has made a real difference. It’s thanks to the generosity of organisations like this that we have been able to help food banks in our network support so many people during the pandemic, as well as building a hunger free future and working towards out vision of seeing a UK without the need for food banks.