We're a UK charity that supports food banks around the country. We do this by using technology to identify what is needed at food banks, distributing this information and also making our own deliveries.
We run the largest and most complete public database of UK food banks and scrape their websites for what they are requesting in real time.
In the 2021 annual report we set ourselves the following aims:
✅ We built and deployed a tool to allow constituents to find out what food banks exist in their constituency, who the member of parliament representing them is and then customise a personalised letter to send via email.
Built with help from employees of MPs and feedback from users we've repeatedly tweaked the letter template to reflect circumstances that affect food banks, the political climate and constituent views.
✅ We now monitor the excess at food banks along with the items they are looking to have donated. This information is distributed on our website, via our API and also on email updates.
✅ We've spent around twice as long this year auditing our data - a part time person is now dedicated to this task.
✅ We published a few new dashboards this year:
We continue to maintain the UK's largest and most complete database of food banks covering 2620 locations (up from 2422 last year, and 2329 in 2020).
Our software checked food bank websites for what they needed around three million times in 2022, and found around 47,000 items requested. Our API responded to around five million requests for data in 2022.
Our email subscription tool now sends thousands of emails a month to people who want updates on what their local food bank needs.
2022 was the second year we published our accounts. This happened in June and is available on the Charity Commission website.