Hull Trains and the Trussell Trust are calling on the general public to support a week-long appeal for donations to provide food to those in most need.
The Trussell Trust has seen demand for its local food banks rocket over the past few months and is handing out 47% more packages compared to this time last year.
To help support our local communities, Hull Trains will be setting up a food donations collection point at Hull Paragon Station from Tuesday, 2nd May to Friday, 5th May.
The campaign has been launched to coincide with the Big Help Out, a scheme launched by His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Consort Camilla as part of the Coronation celebrations. The Big Help Out is encouraging everyone to volunteer or support their own community, nationwide.
The donation point will be located on the concourse at Paragon Station where donations of non-perishable, in-date food will be greatly received by the trust to create food parcels for individuals and families across the Hull and Humber region.
Items such as tinned vegetables, tinned rice pudding, tinned fruit, and tinned meat are among the items that are much needed by food banks in the local area. Strong carrier bags are also appreciated by the trust so the packs can be distributed effectively.
Russ Barlow, Project Manager, at The Trussell Trust Hull branch, explained: “We are so grateful for the support of Hull Trains in these challenging times. To see such a huge increase in people struggling to afford the essentials has been difficult and helping them would be impossible without the vital support of local people and organisations such as Hull Trains.
“We would like to see an end to people needing to use a foodbank, but whilst we work towards that challenging goal, we’d like to say a big thank you to Hull Trains and anyone that is able to donate to help ensure people do not go without in the coming months.”
Martijn Gilbert, Managing Director at Hull Trains, said: “The Coronation and Big Help Out provides a unique opportunity for communities to come together and do something positive for those who need our support the most. Even by making a single donation, you will be making a huge difference.
“The work the Trussell Trust are doing to provide individuals and families across Hull with access to food and necessities is vital. Let’s please come together as a community to help them and we can all make a difference together.”
To find out more about The Trussell Trust and their work visit here: https://hull.foodbank.org.uk/.
Follow Hull Trains’ social media accounts for more information and travel advice in the lead-up to the Coronation weekend.