Sheffield’s music community has come together with a gig to raise money for those trapped in poverty and to support the city’s food banks.
Local artists will perform tomorrow at Couch on Campo Lane where all of the event’s proceeds will be directly going to Sheffield S6 Foodbank.
Greg Knowles, from Sidestreet Live, who has organised the concert, said: “The event started as a reaction to the general election a couple of months ago. I believe, under the current government, there’s no proper system in place to help those going hungry.
“We didn’t want to wait for someone else to do something and let the situation stew and become even worse. So, we decided to take control of the situation ourselves by making this conscious decision to help the community.”
More people than ever are being forced to turn to food banks, as claimed by anti-poverty campaigners, The Trussell Trust. They have said that the UK has seen its steepest increase in emergency food parcel handouts in five years.
Chris Hardy, project manager at the S6 food bank, told the Sheffield Star last year, the charity has experienced a year on year trend of demand increasing by around 20 per cent.
Mr Knowles said: “Food bank usage is going up everywhere. There’s now more food banks in the UK than there are McDonalds restaurants, which is horribly ironic.”
He also stressed that Sidestreet hopes to make this a quarterly event, in order to sustain support for S6 foodbank throughout the year.
Tomorrow’s line-up includes an acoustic set from Millie Middleton, followed by performances from four Sheffield bands-Thomas and the Empty Orchestra, Brain Circus, Oh Papa and I Set the Sea on Fire.
Tickets for the event, which starts at 7.30pm, are priced at £5 and are available on the door or online at https://fixr.co/event/703592173.
Alternatively, entry fee can be paid for with food donations worth £5 or more, supported by a receipt as proof of purchase.
There will also be a prize for who can donate the most food for their money.
For more information and to donate visit the event’s GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/f/ssl-food-drive.
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