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Increases in the number of emergency food parcels distributed by food banks accelerated over the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trussell Trust reported a 33% increase in the number of three-day emergency food parcels it distributed in 2020-21 compared to 2019-20. During the six months from April to September 2020 there was a 47% increase, compared to the same period in 2019. In both comparisons it noted a particularly marked increase in the number of food parcels going to children.
The Independent Food Aid Network, IFAN, reported a 62% increase in emergency food parcel distribution in October 2020 compared with October 2019. Independent food banks also saw a rise of 88% over the period February to October 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
The Trussell Trust opened its first UK food bank in 2000 and operates over half of food banks in the country. IFAN, the Independent Food Aid Network, represents food banks outside the Trussell Trust and since 2020 has been collecting data from them across the UK.
Both the number of food banks and the quantity of emergency food parcels they distribute have increased. In February 2021 there were over 1,300 Trussell Trust food banks in the UK, in addition to over 900 independent food banks.
source: UK Parliament
published: 14 July 2021