Slice Out Hunger UK was founded by Sandie Tomlinson and Jim Bishop in 2019 to help tackle homelessness and hunger through the “magic of pizza.” Sandie and Jim are co-founders of two street-food pizza trucks and after a couple of years of giving away leftover pizzas to homeless people after street food markets and events, realised that there was a lot more that could be done to help people through the power of pizza! Slice Out Hunger UK organises pizza-related activities and events to raise funds that go directly to organisations and charities working to reduce homelessness and hunger in Bristol and across the UK.
Why do we need to “Slice Out Hunger”?
Fourteen million people in the UK currently live below the poverty line, including 4.5 million children. There has been a year on year increase of 13% in the use of foodbanks across the UK in the past few years. The Trussell Trust has reported that it gave out 658,000 emergency food parcels between April and the end of September 2018. Of these, 233,000 went to families with children. During the year 2017-18 it gave out a record 1.3m food parcels to an estimated 666,000 people.
More than 170,000 individuals and families are experiencing destitution and the charity Crisis recently reported that the number of rough sleepers in England has more than doubled in the last five years. The recent Heriot-Watt University report revealed that more than 12,300 of these people are sleeping rough on the streets and nearly 12,000 are sleeping in vehicles or tents, with the remainder fighting for hostel places. Nearly 600 homeless people died in England and Wales last year, a rise of almost a quarter (24 per cent) over five years. The number of young people affected is also rising – the number of homeless people under 25 has now reached 38,000. Bristol and the South West has the third highest number of rough sleepers compared to other regions nationally.
As these numbers increase year on year, more and more support and resources are needed to help the people directly affected and in need. The charities and Trusts in place are experiencing increased numbers of people needing their services but a decrease in the grants, support and finances they need to meet this demand. This is where we come in…
Please help us to make a difference.