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This year Stop Hunger Day is on 9 May and we are inviting you to join us in making it another successful year. By making a #MyStopHungerPledge and pledging your support to volunteer with one of our partner charities or fundraise for the Foundation.
Last year over 340 of our colleagues volunteered in support of Trussell Trust and Fareshare. This year we want to exceed that and support 500 colleagues to volunteer. During FY17 teams of Sodexo employees volunteered at Trussell Trust foodbanks, helping to prepare 336 food parcels reaching around 1,000 adults and children.
The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 400 foodbanks, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis across the UK, where thirteen million people live below the poverty line. Last year, they provided 1,182,954 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.
This testimonial from Hugh McNeill, who began as a food bank recipient and is now a Trussell Trust food bank manager, highlights the effective work the charity does in reaching the most need in society. We hope that Hugh’s story will inspire you to get involved!
We invite you to join us to make a #MyStopHungerPledge to either volunteer and/or fundraise to help support our amazing charity partners to continue their great work. Let’s make this Stop Hunger Day the biggest one yet. If you would like to get involved visit Sodexo Net for exciting new resources and volunteering opportunities.
Hugh McNeill and his wife had just started a new chapter of their lives in the New Forest, when their daughter’s ill health meant that had to return to Coventry to look after their young granddaughter.
Hugh invested in a new restaurant, hoping it would provide a good income to support his family, though sadly they were forced to close and were left worth huge debts and no income. Hugh’s wife found a job to bring in some money but it wasn’t enough. Finding themselves in spiralling debt and feeling totally desperate they were referred to their local Coventry foodbank. The Trussell Trust offered Hugh and his family food and financial advice.
“It was part of the overall healing process I needed to go through. If it wasn’t for the Trussell Trust I honestly don’t know where I would be today”.
Once Hugh was back on his feet he started to volunteer at the foodbank. Then, in 2014 he became the Coventry foodbank project manager, where he continues to provide support to clients and volunteers. His experience means he knows what it feels like not to know where your next meal is coming from, and how crucial his local Trussell Trust foodbank was in helping him get back on his feet, both in the short and long term.
“To this day I still remember being given a food box and a cuppa. The Trussell Trust gave me so much more than food; they gave me my confidence back’.
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