Record 1.6m food bank parcels given to people in past year

The Trussell Trust’s latest figures show an 18.8% increase in use of food banks this year.

25th April 2019

The Trussell Trust, a long standing Pears Foundation Partner, have released their new figures showing an astounding 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies were given to people in crisis in the UK.

This depicts an 18.8% increase in the Network’s figures from the previous year and their highest number on record.

The Trussell Trust’s chief executive Emma Revie said:

“What we are seeing year-upon-year is more and more people struggling to eat because they simply cannot afford food. This is not right.

“Enough is enough. We know this situation can be fixed – that’s why we’re campaigning to create a future where no one needs a food bank. Our benefits system is supposed to protect us all from being swept into poverty. Universal Credit should be part of the solution but currently the five week wait is leaving many without enough money to cover the basics. As a priority, we’re urging the government to end the wait for Universal Credit to ease the pressure on thousands of households.  

“Ultimately, it’s unacceptable that anyone should have to use a food bank in the first place. No charity can replace the dignity of having financial security. That’s why in the long-term, we’re urging the Government to ensure benefit payments reflect the true cost of living and work is secure, paying the real Living Wage, to help ensure we are all anchored from poverty.”

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