13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for many reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. There are many food banks about and we have picked to highlight The Trussell Trust as it is a nationwide organisation.
In 2013-14 foodbanks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children.
Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, underemployment and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers are being referred to foodbanks for emergency food.
The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 420 foodbanks currently launched. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher.
Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services.
Why do people need emergency food?
Redundancy, illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and paying for the additional costs of heating during winter are just some of the reasons why people go hungry.
What’s in a foodbox?
Each foodbox contains a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.
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