We were approached by the New York Times a few months ago and asked if we would be willing to speak to them about child poverty in the North West of England.
As trustees, our job is to feed people in crisis and also to communicate with the public about what causes people to come to us, so we felt that this would be a positive contribution to the debate.
Many hours were spent with Patrick Kingsley of the New York Times and his fantastic photographer, Laura Boushnak at the Foodbank and we discussed the process of how and why people come to us for help, and what we give them in a food parcel. We also spoke to them about the children who come to us, and about our Uniform Project.
The resulting article can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/world/europe/uk-austerity-child-poverty.html . We hope that it contributes to the debate about child poverty in the UK and we will continue to campaign to reduce the levels of poverty that we are seeing both in our town and nationally, via the Trussell Trust.
Many thanks are due to Patrick and Laura and all the team at the New York Times for being willing to come and here the stories of child poverty in Morecambe.