U4H foodbank is a non-profit and charitable cause. We distribute food to those who have difficulty in purchasing enough food. Until recently there was little need for foodbanks, however, numbers have grown rapidly. The increase in the dependency on foodbanks has been blamed on the continuous fall of living standards and lack of wages increase. Other factors includes the cuts to the welfare system and caps on the total amount of welfare support a family can claim.
This has increased the economic problems for those on low income.
At U4H, our foodbank is run on the basis of salvaging and distributing food. Food that would otherwise go to waste. Additionally, great emphasis is placed on supporting and feeding the hungry, homeless and unemployed.
First the food is collected, sorted, and reviewed for quality, by Fareshare and Foodshare. Then our U4H’s foodbank distributes it directly to the hungry on a regular basis. Our largest source of food comes from manufacturers, distributors and retailers who in the normal course of business have excess food that they cannot sell.
U4H’s foodbank operates on a non-profit basis. We distribute food to the needy, not to food retailers. There is no charge to the individuals and all costs of storage and distribution are covered by U4H.
We fully understand the desperation of the people who turn to the foodbank. However, in our experience we’ve found people accessing the foodbanks grateful both for the food and for the warmth and kindness they receive from the volunteers.