Mail on Sunday claims provide unexpected boost for Trussell Trust

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CLAIMS made by a national newspaper that a Salisbury charity providing emergency food parcels to people in need is being exploited by “fraudsters” and “scroungers” have prompted a huge surge of public support for the charity.

The Mail on Sunday reported that the Trussell Trust was giving out food parcels without adequate checks and food was being given to asylum-seekers.

Undercover reporters were sent to food banks after the charity’s latest figures showed the number of people asking for help had soared by 163 per cent over the past year, topping 900,000 nationwide.

The newspaper accused the charity of “self-promotion” and “exaggeration”, but the public reacted by flooding the charity with donations and messages of support for its work.

A spokesman for the Trussell Trust said: “The publication of the article on Easter Sunday which criticised the charity outraged many. “Thousands of people took to social media to express their support for The Trussell Trust and its foodbanks; starting something momentous.”

Well-known names including author Mark Haddon, musician Billy Bragg and comedian Jon Ronson donated to the Trussell Trust Easter appeal to show their support and encouraged others to do the same. More than 4,500 people donated to the charity’s Help Crack UK Hunger online, raising more than £50,000 in just two days, with the general fund also seeing increased donations.

Chief executive, David McAuley said: “It's been amazing to see thousands of people react in such a positive way. I would like to thank everyone who got behind this campaign and not just for their donations, but also for the positive words of encouragement."

And the trust hit back at the claims made by the Mail on Sunday and the methods used by its reporters.

A statement said: “There will always be those who try to abuse a system, which is why the Trussell Trust has a number of processes built into its system to reduce that risk. However, evidence from our foodbanks across the UK shows that these people are a tiny minority.

“The Trussell Trust feels that these undercover methods, used by Mail on Sunday journalists, to enter the premises of our voluntarily run food banks is an unacceptable attempt to tarnish not only the name of the Trussell Trust, but also the valuable efforts of the 30,000 volunteers who selflessly give up their time to provide a valuable service to people in real need.”

To donate to the Trussell Trust Help Crack UK Hunger go to justgiving.com/crack-uk-hunger.

• A collection will be held on behalf of the foodbanks at the Salisbury Waitrose store from 9am to 4pm on Saturday.

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1:16pm Wed 23 Apr 14

karlmarx says...

It's bad enough that government ministers attack the good work of the Trussell Trust and the other food banks. Now we have the sordid spectacle
of the gutter press sending undercover hacks out to try to undermine free food banks, the life line of not only the poor and unemployed but, increasingly these days, the employed. Again, no sign of our local MP defending this vital lifeline, despite him being the MP of the birthplace of the Trussell Trust, Salisbury.

It's your vote, don't waste it again. This is Britain in the 21st century...
Britain's hunger crisis: One MILLION food parcels handed out despite UK having sixth richest economy. Shock report reveals 330,000 food parcels handed out went to hungry children in this country yet we have more millionaires than ever. Furious anti-poverty groups and church leaders said it was beyond belief that people in 21st century Britain are going hungry and relying on charity.
It's bad enough that government ministers attack the good work of the Trussell Trust and the other food banks. Now we have the sordid spectacle of the gutter press sending undercover hacks out to try to undermine free food banks, the life line of not only the poor and unemployed but, increasingly these days, the employed. Again, no sign of our local MP defending this vital lifeline, despite him being the MP of the birthplace of the Trussell Trust, Salisbury. It's your vote, don't waste it again. This is Britain in the 21st century... Britain's hunger crisis: One MILLION food parcels handed out despite UK having sixth richest economy. Shock report reveals 330,000 food parcels handed out went to hungry children in this country yet we have more millionaires than ever. Furious anti-poverty groups and church leaders said it was beyond belief that people in 21st century Britain are going hungry and relying on charity. karlmarx
  • Score: -6

2:31am Fri 25 Apr 14

karlmarx says...

Judging by the previous comments negative votes some 'people' are happy that over a million people needed help from food banks. Would you really vote for people with such depraved, immoral and unethical minds? of course not. Its just a shame that in Britain in the 21st century there are 'people' who are happy and content to see people go without food.
Judging by the previous comments negative votes some 'people' are happy that over a million people needed help from food banks. Would you really vote for people with such depraved, immoral and unethical minds? of course not. Its just a shame that in Britain in the 21st century there are 'people' who are happy and content to see people go without food. karlmarx
  • Score: -2

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