Manchester-based independent publisher Saraband is to launch "food bank book bundles" as part of their online shop, in partnership with the Trussell Trust.
From Wednesday (4th November) customers will be able to purchase a book and make a donation to the trust through Saraband's website to help with food parcel provision this Christmas.
Readers can select from a range of titles including Helen Moat’s A Time of Birds, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project, and Roy Dennis’ Cottongrass Summer. As part of the £20 bundle, intended for Christmas gifting, the publisher will include a hand-written card along with the chosen book, so that recipients know a donation (to the value of £8) has been made in their name.
Saraband founder and m.d. Sara Hunt said: "The twin issues of hunger and poverty are a profound national disgrace that we cannot ignore – least of all here in Manchester, where [footballer] Marcus Rashford has led such a brilliant campaign on behalf of hungry children.
"We hope our food bank bundle will prompt those who are shopping for loved ones to choose the gift of reading while providing food for the most needy. Trussell Trust’s work to help end hunger for the nation’s 14 million people living in poverty has never been more crucial."
The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks and provides food and support to people. It campaigns for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.