Scheme launched to help struggling Hull families eat and heat their homes

Published: Tuesday 26th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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A new scheme’s being introduced in Hull which will help many families cope with their money struggles.

The Trussell Trust and npower project gives foodbank users pre-payment meter vouchers for gas or electricity.

The scheme aims to prevent people having to choose between heating and eating, and is being rolled out in Hull.

Alison Inglis-Jones from the charity says 16,000 people have benefited so far.

She said: “7,000 vouchers have been handed out. So people may be coming one or more times. We’ve heard some remarkable stories from people who were going through crisis and are now back on their feet again but what it’s meant is that they can help their families heat and eat.”

David McAuley, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust, said: “Across the Trussell Trust foodbank network, we are seeing a real need all-year round for help with energy as well as food. In winter, foodbank clients come to us having to choose between going hungry or heating their homes, and in summer, we find some people come to us saying they can’t afford to heat the food parcels we give them.

“It’s heart-breaking when people in desperate situations try to give back food like pasta and soup simply because they can’t afford to cook it. Combining the distribution of food parcels with npower Fuelbank vouchers will ensure that many thousands of people at foodbanks get the help they need to feed themselves and stay warm.”

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Published: Tuesday 26th April 2016 by Tom Drinkall

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