Bristol Mayor to join Foodbank Trolley Push to help feed local people in crisis

On Tuesday 9th April ‘Phil the trolley’ will visit North Bristol as part of the first ever UK-wide ‘Trolley Push’ to help stop UK hunger.

As growing numbers of people turn to foodbanks for emergency food, towns across the UK are joining The Trussell Trust’s nationwide Foodbank Trolley Push to help stop people going hungry in Britain. The Foodbank trolley, which is making its way around the UK, will arrive in Bishopston at 1pm, near Horfield Baptist Church on the Gloucester Road and start the push for the local Foodbank.

Local people living across North Bristol are starting to raise funds for the North Bristol Foodbank Trolley Push 2013. They will be joined by fundraisers from other local businesses, churches and schools who are working together to combat hunger in the local community by joining a nationwide trolley relay by The Trussell Trust charity.

The trolley will be pushed all the way up the Gloucester Road from Horfield Baptist Church, passing local businesses that have collected food (in partnership with Bishopston Matters community magazine) on its journey. We finish at Orchard School, Filton Road, Bristol around 3pm. Various members of the community will be involved in the push, including George Ferguson, the Bristol Mayor, and Foodbank volunteers.

The Trussell Trust has launched over 300 Foodbanks in the UK, including the North Bristol Foodbank. The foodbank provides three days of nutritionally balanced emergency food to people in crisis. Many foodbank clients are working families who are struggling to make ends meet in the current economic climate. All food given out is donated by local people and in the last 7 months North Bristol Foodbank gave emergency food to 600 people.

This national Foodbank Trolley Push event aims to raise funds and awareness for local foodbanks, as well as helping The Trussell Trust to launch more foodbanks nationwide to meet the growing need. If you would like to raise funds for the North Bristol Foodbank individually or with your business, school or church, then please contact the North Bristol Foodbank directly on 0117 9791399 or

I look forward to taking my turn at pushing the trolley on the day. As more people turn to the foodbank for help, we’re hoping that the public will come and support our exciting new trolley push venture to help us meet the growing local need – hope to see you there!

The North Bristol Foodbank are also collecting food at Tesco Golden Hill on Saturday 6th April from shoppers, who can donate an extra food item to the foodbank and so helping local people in crisis situations.

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