Foodbank use remains at record high

26th May 2016

15 APR 16
  • Trussell Trust says that one million three day food supplies a year must not become the new normal
  • New University of Hull data mapping suggests important emergent correlation between foodbank use and areas with high numbers of people who are in skilled manual work or unable to work due to long term illness or disability
  • Main drivers of foodbank usage remain benefit problems and low income

Latest figures published by The Trussell Trust today show that foodbank use remains at record levels, rising two percent on last year.1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies were provided to people in crisis by the charity’s network of 424 foodbanks in the 2015/16 financial year, compared to 1,084,604 in 2014/15. Of this number,415,866 went to children. This is a measure of volume rather than unique users, and on average, people needed two foodbank referrals in the last year.

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