A banquet in Waterloo will use only the contents of a food bank parcel
(Picture: Scott Barbour)

The Waterloo Foodbanquet fundraising dinner is being held in support of the Waterloo Foodbank.

Oasis Hub Waterloo, the organisation that runs the Waterloo Foodbank, is hosting a foodbanquet as part of the on-going Waterloo Food Month 2018.

Guests will be treated to a three-course meal – with a difference. The banquet will be prepared by a top local chef, but it will be made entirely from the ingredients present in a food bank parcel.

All proceeds from the event on Friday 27 July will be donated to the Waterloo Foodbank.

Food bank usage in Britain has increased exponentially over the last three years.

Figures from the poverty charity The Trussel Trust show that in the 2017-18 financial year, more than 1.3 million people in crisis received three day emergency food supplies. This is a 13% increase on the previous year, and a much bigger rise than in 2016-2017, where food bank usage went up by 6%.

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The governments programme of austerity, benefits failing to keep up with inflation, spiraling debt and delays in benefit payments are all culprits in the increased demand for emergency food support.

According to Oxfam, one in five people in Britain currently struggle to put food on the table or heat their homes.

Waterloo Foodbanks mission is to make sure that no one in their area goes hungry. People in crisis can receive three days worth of emergency food.

Since it opened, the Waterloo Foodbank has provided nutritional support to more than 10,000 vulnerable people, including 3,500 children. Almost 75 tonnes of food has been given to people in need – the same weight as nine double-decker buses.

A banquet in Waterloo will use only the contents of a food bank parcel
The contents of a food parcel. (Picture: Waterloo Foodbank)

Rebekah Gibson, manager of the Waterloo Foodbank, told Metro.co.uk: The need for Waterloo Foodbank has been steadily on the rise over the last year and we are struggling to keep up with demand.

The Waterloo Foodbanquet is a fun way to spend an evening with friends and raise some much needed funds for the Foodbank. Weve partnered with an amazing local chef whos preparing a three course Italian menu.

Guests can enjoy a professionally-cooked meal and licensed bar, while supporting the vital work that the Waterloo Foodbank does to keep the poorest families in the area fed.

You can book tickets to the Waterloo Foodbanquet here.

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