Poverty figures published in March by the Department for Work and Pensions show that last year one in six British children lived in families with food insecurity. One in 40 children lived in a family that had used a food bank in the last 30 days, double the number of the previous year.

S6 Foodbank in Sheffield does a great job helping people survive the cost of living crisis. Along with more than 20 other food banks throughout Sheffield, they provide food and other essentials at a time when poverty is forcing many people to skip meals.

S6 was founded by local churches and community groups, with support from corporate sponsorship and the public. The food bank has 11 locations across the city, supporting 1200 people a week with emergency food.

Sheffield Green Party has been organising a Sheffield S6 Foodbank collection at Endcliffe Park for two years. Our next collection will be on Saturday 27 April at the main Hunters Bar entrance between 9.30 am and 1 pm. Hope to see you there.

If you can make a donation then that would be great, especially if you can give items the food bank is short of breakfast cereal, soup, pasta, baked beans, tinned meat or vegetables, UHT milk, tea, coffee or hygiene products. You can also donate money directly to S6 on their website: https://sheffields6.foodbank.org.uk/

Food banks are not in themselves a solution to food insecurity, but a symptom of poverty that should not exist in a country with great wealth. The problem is that successive governments have failed to introduce fair taxes on the wealthiest to guarantee liveable incomes for the people they serve.

Peter Gilbert (Green Party candidate, Ecclesall ward) and Councillor Brian Holmshaw (Green Party candidate, Broomhill & Sharrow Vale).

Volunteers from Ecclesall Green Party and Endcliffe Parkrun have teamed up to help collect
items needed for the Sheffield S6 Foodbank to continue its essential work across the city.
They started in November and plan to run the collection on the last Saturday of every month.
Their next event is the last Saturday of 2022, New Year’s Eve.
You don’t have to be a runner to bring donations along. Donation point open 8:30am-
10:00am by the Race Start Line / Playground, Endcliffe Park.
Parkruns are free, fun, and friendly weekly 5 km community events that invite everybody to
walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate. There are six regular weekly events across the city,
perfect for a New Year’s Resolution.
Kate Scott, one of the volunteer run directors of Endcliffe Parkrun said: “We have on
average 550 Parkrun finishers; imagine if we could collect that many items every month for
the food bank!”.
Peter Gilbert, from Ecclesall Greens said: “This winter is going to be a tough one for many
people in Sheffield as the cost of living crisis bites deeper. As a community we can help
where we can.
“I love collaboration and reached out to Endcliffe Parkrun as I wanted to set up a monthly
collection in the area and these runs bring a massive local turnout.
“Kate replied that it was a fabulous idea. Runners linked to S6 Foodbank had approached
Endcliffe Parkrun wanting to replicate local food bank links to parkruns across the country
and Kate had spoken to S6 Foodbank’s manager the week before, so it was great timing.”
Chris Hardy, manager of Sheffield S6 Foodbank said, “I want to just say a massive thank
you to everyone who’s donated and wanting to donate over the festive season. We’re
feeding 1300 people, just over 500 families per week at present and we expect that to
continue into the New Year.”

S6 Foodbank volunteers with the Foodbank van and lots of donations.
Colette Waters, Kate Scott and Peter Gilbert with donations for Sheffield S6 Foodbank

You can also donate directly to Sheffield S6 Foodbank via