Following the Trussell Trust’s announcement last week that there has been a 170% rise in the number of people using foodbanks between 2012-13, thefoodbankers look at the data surrounding foodbanks and food poverty in the UK.
Number of Foodbank users
In 2005-6, 2,814 people visited foodbanks across the UK.
In seven years, this figure has risen to a staggering 350,000 people who have been forced to use a foodbank for vital food supplies.
Of course, it is important to note that since the Trussell Trust began, the number of foodbanks across the UK has steadily risen year upon year. The Trussell Trust currently has launched 345 foodbanks.
The charity estimates that three new foodbanks are currently opening every week, and that there would need to be 750-1,000 foodbanks to provide for people in crisis across the UK.
According to research published by Kelloggs, 4.7 million Brits could be described as living in food poverty. These families may be spending up to 10 per cent of their household income on food.
The report, issued by Kelloggs in association with the Centre for Economics and Business Research, states that the average household food bill will rocket by £357 by 2017. Kelloggs has teamed up with the Trussell Trust, pledging to donate 15 million breakfasts and snacks to people in need by the end of 2016.
Reasons why people visit foodbanks
Between 2012-13, almost 350,000 people visited foodbanks across the UK and over 15,000 frontline care professionals referred their clients to foodbanks. But, why are people being forced to visit these centres for vital supplies?
The most common reason why people were allocated foodbank vouchers last year was due to delays to their benefit payments.
Contrary to public perception, only 4.25 per cent of clients were unemployed. The number of people forced to use foodbanks following the changes to the benefits system is expected to rise, says the charity.