13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
In 2014-15 foodbanks fed 1,084,604 people nationwide. Of those helped, 396,997 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.
Why do people need emergency food?
Today people across the UK will struggle to feed themselves and their families. 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.
‘We had to borrow a tin of soup from next door to stop our
18-month-old daughter from going to bed hungry.’
Read her story
What’s in a foodbox?
Each foodbox contains a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.