In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty, this includes 4.5 million children.
The roll out of Universal Credit has in particular, impacted on the lives of low income families in the UK. Food banks in 2018 were seeing on average a 30% increase, for the needs of their essential services, in the areas where Universal Credit had been rolled out fully.
The Trussell Trust
Foodbank referral system
A typical food parcel includes: cereal, soup, pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce, lentils, beans and pulses, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits, UHT milk, and fruit juice. The majority of food banks will also provide essential non-food items such as toiletries, hygiene products, sanitary protection and nappies. Some food banks also have the facilities to provide fresh produce.
If you or your family have specific dietary requirements or allergies a volunteer at your local food bank, will run through the food parcel packing list with you to check any special dietary needs you may have.