Rise in Foodbank Clients: Unpicking the Data

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.

Statistics released by the Trussell Trust show a shocking yearly increase in foodbank clients.

Statistics released by the Trussell Trust show a shocking yearly increase in foodbank clients.

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.

Why did people turn to foodbanks?

Why did people turn to foodbanks?

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9 responses to “Rise in Foodbank Clients: Unpicking the Data

  1. Reblogged this on The SKWAWKBOX Blog and commented:
    More really good data on the rise and rise of Foodbank use under this government. Contrary to the assumptions of a few closed-minded people, only 4.25% of those needing help from Foodbanks are unemployed. The vast majority are working but struggling and left marooned in trouble by this government’s so-called ‘reforms’ – or ‘planned impoverishment’ to any sane person.

  2. It is a harrowing post, thank you…

    Even Hitler could not have achieved so much devastation in so short a time and he was using High Explosives.

    The numbers of people made homeless by the Tories and LibTories will outstrip even those that lost their homes in the London Blitz…

    No one can say that the Cameron Government has not had growth areas because of their policies, first is the food banks, the graphs demonstrate it, then there is homelessness and child poverty of course!

    We must not forget the massive ‘Usury Lenders’ like; Wonga, a Tory Party donor.

  3. The questions is – if there were more foodbanks available (the closest one to me is an hour away by train – obviously couldn’t even afford the fare), how many people would use them?

  4. What the foodbanks, and the people who work there, do is such good work and I won’t knock it… But it is sickening to think that in this day and age there is a need for them… For me, the UK resembles more a so-called 3rd-world country than a modern-day country of the western world… Up until now I have been able to avoid having to use a foodbank myself but I am not sure how long I will be able to keep that up; I work but my husband, due to two strokes in October last year, cannot… I bring about £200 in per week… with a rent of £375 (not to mention all the other bills) things are going to get tougher…

  5. Reblogged this on Benefit tales and commented:
    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.

  6. Hi, would it be possible to find out where you gathered this information, as it would be very helpful to me.
    “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.”

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