Ulster Bank has partnered with the Trussell Trust to help Foyle Foodbank provide emergency support this winter.
The Trussell Trust is working towards a future where everyone has enough money for the essentials, and it supports a network of food banks providing emergency food and support to people in crisis.
In addition to financial support, the partnership will see Ulster Bank team members work with food banks in their local areas.
They will provide support such as fundraising, volunteering and food collections at the Trussell Trust’s network of 22 Northern Ireland food banks, including Foyle Foodbank.
The partnership is one of a series of significant initiatives by the bank to help local families and communities.
Ulster Bank is also providing financial support to Cash4Kids for its Mission Christmas appeal which aims to help ensure children living in poverty wake up to gifts on Christmas day.
Ulster Bank Head of Personal Banking Terry Robb paid tribute to the bank’s team.
“At Ulster Bank, we are there to champion local communities in good times and in bad, and as part of that we want to help the people, families and businesses we serve to recover, rebuild and, ultimately, to thrive,” he says.
“Our team have fully bought into that purpose and have been working hard to support a range of community initiatives including the Trussell Trust partnership and Mission Christmas, both of which are perhaps more important this year than ever before,” he adds.
Paul Armstrong, the Trussell Trust’s Operations Manager for Northern Ireland said: “It’s not right that anyone in Northern Ireland is forced to a food bank. And as we head into a winter which could be the busiest ever at food banks, we are so grateful to Ulster Bank for their support. It’s not right that anyone needs to use a food bank, at any time of year – but this can change. This year has shown we can make huge changes to the way we live, work and support each other – we can build a hunger free future, a future where all of us can afford the basics.”
Members of the public can support the Trussell Trust’s work by volunteering, fundraising or donating.
Further information about the help the Trussell Trust provides and how to get involved is available at: https://www.trusselltrust.org/
Ulster Bank has also been working with Friends of the Cancer Centre and MacMillan around education and support in relation to cancer.
This has included supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month and training Ulster Bank colleagues to be Macmillan Neighbours across NI.