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Between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, food banks in the Trussell Trust’s UK wide network distributed 2.5 million emergency food parcels to people in crisis, a 33% increase on the previous year. 980,000 of these went to children.

Emma Revie, The Trust’s CEO said; “No one should face the indignity of needing emergency food. Yet our network of food banks has given out record numbers of food parcels as more and more people struggle without enough money for the essentials. This is not right but we know we can build a better future.

“This pandemic has shown the unexpected can hit suddenly, but we know when we push for change, united by our desire for justice and compassion, the government has to listen and act. We are asking you, the public, to write to your local candidates standing for election on 6 May, asking them to commit to working to end the need for food banks if elected. Together, we can take action now to build a hunger free future.”

Hunger in the UK isn’t about food. It’s about a lack of income. We know the main drivers of food bank use in our network are:

  • Problems with the benefits system (delays, inadequacy and reductions)
  • Challenging life experiences or ill-health
  • Lack of informal or formal support

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source: The Trussell Trust
published: April 2021

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