News and events Stories Trussell Trust - Big Church Leaders' Breakfast On Wednesday 28th April at 8.10am the Trussell Trust is hosting a Church Leaders' online breakfast to say thank you to the many churches who help people who are in crisis. The event is aimed at those whose church is already involved, or for people who want to know more about the Trussell Trust's vision. Across the UK, more than 270 Anglican churches host Trussell Trust food bank centres and many more provide volunteers, leaders, food donations, and financial support that make this work possible. Register your place on Eventbrite. On the day you’ll hear from Emma Revie, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust, about its work to build a hunger free future. There’ll be time for prayer and reflection, networking, a live Q&A and input from church leaders and food bank teams. Background Food banks in the charity’s network gave out 1.2 million emergency food parcels between April and September last year, an effort only made possible through the support of volunteers, businesses, community groups, the general public, and nearly 12,000 churches across the UK, which play a vital part in the Trussell Trust network. The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the need for emergency food provision, and churches, faith groups and community groups have been at the heart of responding to this need, stepping up existing provision as well as developing new initiatives. In the first six months of the pandemic, the need for food banks in the Trussell Trust network increased by 47%, with 2,600 emergency food parcels provided for children every day on average. Emma Revie, chief executive at the Trussell Trust, said: “I am so grateful for the Christian community’s involvement in our work, which has been crucial in making it possible for food banks to continue to serve people at a time when it is so badly needed. “But it isn’t right that so many people should be forced to turn to charities and churches for food and other basics. Rather, as we emerge from the pandemic, we need to find the courage and energy to build a different future – one in which food banks are no longer needed, because everyone can afford the essentials. “Churches have a vital part to play in helping us to bring this future into being, and I am so looking forward to connecting with church leaders at these events. Together, I know we can continue to create real change.” About the Trust The Trussell Trust supports a UK-wide network of more than 1,300 food bank centres and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK. Local churches play a vital part in this work, with around 12,000 churches actively involved in donating food, and providing venues, volunteers and financial support for food banks. Find out more on their website: trusselltrust.org.