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.
Almost 350,000 people have had to visit foodbanks over the last year, according to the Trussell Trust.
Labour MPs are far more conscientious in visiting and supporting foodbanks and, importantly, making sure people know about it on twitter.
This article compares the number of foodbanks (including those under construction), the population and the poverty levels (as defined in the Index of Multiple Deprivation) in each London borough.
Trussell Trust foodbanks have handed out food parcels to over 240,000 people in the UK since April 2012. The organisation hands out emergency food parcels to people in extreme need with food donated by shoppers, businesses and local volunteers. Rachel Bayne talked to Liza Cucco, head of the Hackney foodbank about how the vouchers work.
Dame Tessa Jowell calls on David Cameron to visit a foodbank.
The Labour MP for Dulwich and West Norwood was flabbergasted at the Prime Minister’s reluctance, arguing in an interview with The foodbankers that it is an MP’s duty to support their constituents and to be aware of their day-to-day struggles.
5 things from a visit to the Trussell Trust in Salisbury
Foodbank growth over the last few years has been dramatic. Here are the statistics which illustrate the rise.
Hackney foodbank at Stoke Newington officially opened last week with a well attended service at St Matthias church. Father David Lambert described how a chance conversation with the head teacher of next door St Matthias primary school was instrumental in the foodbank’s creation.
1st December 2012 saw the largest ever food collection drive ever. Tescos, in collaboration with FareShare and the Trussell Trust, collected tonnes of food up and down the country for foodbanks. Check out Rachel Bayne’s storify of the action.