Adrian left the banking industry in 2008 to start the first Trussell Trust foodbank in Wales. Ebbw Vale foodbank in Blaenau Gwent has since given three days’ emergency food to over 10,000 people in crisis in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. With a passion to stop people going hungry, Adrian was asked to become the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network Manager for Wales in 2009. There are now 35 Trussell Trust foodbanks in Wales.
Adrian now works as the director of the Trussell Trust Foodbank Network, which runs a network of over 400 foodbank projects throughout the UK in partnership with local churches and communities. The network of foodbanks is supported by 30,000 volunteers and operates from over 1,200 local foodbank centres.
Demand for foodbanks has soared since the economic crisis began. Last year, Trussell Trust foodbanks gave emergency food to over 916,000 people in crisis. Adrian says this must be a wake-up call to the nation. Adrian is passionate about people and desires to see communities mobilised and lives transformed through foodbanks.
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