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For the first time outside of the first year of the pandemic, food banks in the Trussell Trust network have distributed over 2.1 million food parcels in 2021-22.

The Trussell Trust calls for governments at all levels across the UK to use their powers and take urgent action now to strengthen our social security system, so it keeps up with the true cost of living. For the UK government, that means as a first step increasing benefits payments by at least 7%, so more people are able to afford the essentials we all need in life to get by.

Trussell Trust figures cannot be used to fully explain the scale of food bank use across the UK, because our figures relate to food banks in our network and not to the hundreds of independent food aid providers and community-groups also providing support.

There are more than 1,400 food bank centres in the Trussell Trust’s UK wide network.

Read their full data briefing here. You can access breakdowns of the data to local authority level here.

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source: The Trussell Trust
published: May 2022

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