Post Office is supporting people facing poverty this winter by donating 1p to the Trussell Trust for every cash withdrawal made over the counter in any of its 11,500 branches.
The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of more than 1,300 food bank centres and together they provide emergency food parcels to people locked into poverty and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
The donation will help to provide vital services such as food bank provisions and financial guidance to help families reduce the impact of increasing household bills and unexpected costs this winter.
Nick Read, Post Office Chief Executive, said: “We believe that no one should have to choose between heating and eating this winter and that’s why we’re extremely proud to partner with the Trussell Trust.
“By withdrawing cash at a post office counter at any of our 11,500 branches for free rather than using a cashpoint, we’re hoping to raise £250,000 to help the Trussell Trust fight poverty and hunger.”
Leslie Francis, Postmistress in Enham Alamein, Hampshire, added: “I’m delighted that I can make even more of a difference by encouraging customers to use cash withdrawal services at my branch. Withdrawing cash at your local post office this winter not only supports local businesses like mine, it also helps those who need it in your community too.”
Emma Revie, Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust, said: “We’re so grateful to have the support of the Post Office and postmasters up and down the country to help ensure that people in crisis can continue to access emergency food this winter and beyond, whilst also supporting our long-term work towards building a future where everyone in the UK is able to afford the essentials.”
Post Office will be donating to the Trussell Trust until 31 March 2022.