Revolut has today announced that it is partnering with The Trussell Trust foodbank network to support emergency food needs around the UK. Revolut customers in the UK will be able to donate via the in-app Donations feature to help those most in need.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy and loss of income becomes more prevalent, the strain on food banks has continued to rise steeply. All donations to The Trussell Trust will go towards providing necessary meals and psychological support for everyone who is in need now.
The Trussell Trust is the UK’s largest food bank network, with 1200 centres providing emergency food and practical, compassionate support to people in crisis. They are currently focusing all efforts on supporting food banks during this unprecedented time, working closely with each food bank to understand their situation, offering guidance and providing local and national solutions, exploring how we can ensure people in crisis can access support in the coming weeks, getting food to the places it’s most needed, and boosting volunteering numbers.
Trussell Trust is focused on rapidly mobilising support so that those most vulnerable to the impacts of poverty and isolation can survive these months of crisis. As they anticipate a minimum of 400,000 emergency parcels will be supplied over the next three months, they are doing everything they can to establish the infrastructure necessary to enable new food bank delivery models in communities across the UK in response.
Nik Storonsky, CEO and founder at Revolut said: “During these turbulent times, it is deeply encouraging to see this massive wave of solidarity and we’re confident that our community of generous customers will appreciate the opportunity to donate and support those affected by COVID-19. We’re thankful that we could set up the partnership with Trussell Trust in a matter of days in order to help those who are affected, and look forward to working together to provide as much support as possible.“
Sophie Carre, head of corporate partnerships at the Trussell Trust, said: “As the coronavirus pandemic develops, more people than ever need help from our food banks. This situation presents a huge additional pressure on their already overstretched resources. We have started to see a reduction in food donations, coupled with a very real shortage of volunteers and on-the-ground support.
“We are working closely with our food banks, who are supporting those most vulnerable to the impacts of poverty and isolation, helping them to survive these months of crisis. They are under immense pressure and we anticipate a minimum of 400,000 emergency parcels will be supplied over the next three months. We know we won’t be able to do this alone, so we are truly grateful for this support from Revolut.”
Revolut customers will be able to donate via the in-app Donations feature, which allows all users to round up their card payments and donate the difference to charity. Customers can also donate by setting up a recurring payment or making one-off donations.
One hundred percent of the amount donated by customers goes to the Trussell Trust, with Revolut charging no fees to donate. There is no minimum donation amount and the feature can be turned on and off by customers at any time.