Shell UK has been supporting foodbanks close to its five offices and main operating sites since the start of the pandemic, to help support local communities during this really challenging time.

While many charities are struggling during the pandemic, food banks in particular are experiencing ‘the perfect storm’. Demand for their services continues to soar as more people have lost regular incomes there has also been a massive drop in donations as people are forced to stay inside, and many volunteer staff, who are typically older, are no longer able to donate their time. Shell has chosen to support foodbanks as part of its community response, after seeking advice on how best to help those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shell UK Country Chair Sinead Lynch said: “We want to help our communities where their needs are most acute and where our support can make a real and immediate difference. Whilst every foodbank is different, their support for those in crisis often goes well beyond the lifeline of emergency food, from employment support to debt counselling. Getting behind these services has never been more important.”.

Some foodbanks in Shell’s local communities, which stretch across Scotland, the South East of England and London, have experienced 400% increase in demand – at the same time as they had to cancel most of their fundraising events due to social distancing measures. And while food charities have already been generously supported by a number of companies, they still need more funding in these communities.

Funds from Shell UK have been used to buy food and essentials, and to cover the extra costs involved in making doorstep deliveries. They have also been used to support the food charities’ work in helping lift people out of poverty, such a debt-counselling, as well as providing hardship loans and pastoral care.

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