Struggling tenants receive food bank vouchers
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Health
Frontline housing officers from the UK's biggest housing association have been approved as official voucher holders for Trussell Trust foodbanks - and can now identify tenants in crisis who require emergency use of food banks in Haringey, Westminster and Hackney.
Sanctuary Housing's staff can issue vouchers to struggling residents which they can use to redeem three days' of emergency food.
Meghan Zinkewich-Peotti, Sanctuary’s partnerships manager, said: “I am so pleased that our housing officers are now able to issue food bank vouchers. They work on the frontline with residents so are able to find out quickly if someone is facing a crisis.
“This will not only mean that we can help out in the short term with the vouchers, but also offer our residents support for the long term, helping them get back on track.”
The Trussell Trust foodbank network works in partnership with churches and organisations to bring foodbanks to communities across the UK. There are now over 380 foodbanks in the network.
Trussell's Christine Bamigbola said: “Trussell Trust foodbanks rely on partnerships with organisations like Sanctuary to help us to identify people who are facing hunger and make sure that they are helped.
“Partnerships are vital to making sure that people in genuine need are able to access food and support right when they need it. We are really pleased to be working with Sanctuary to help stop hunger locally.”