Trussell Trust

Record Levels of Foodbank Use Are a National Scandal

Kerry McCarthy | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry McCarthy

Low pay and rising bills have pushed hundreds of thousands of people into relying on food banks, and the Bedroom Tax, sanctions and delays at the Department of Work and Pensions have made things worse... Food banks have become a truly shameful symbol of a Tory Government that is failing to stand up for ordinary people.

One Million Food Bank Parcels for Yet Another Year? Something Isn't Working in Our Society

Sarah Chapman | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK
Sarah Chapman

Today the Trussell Trust reveals its foodbank network provided more than one million three-day food supplies to people in crisis in the last year - even more than the previous year, and the year before that, and the year before that... It's so important because behind these statistics are individual people like you and me, who never dreamt they would one day need to be referred to their local foodbank. Only when we openly and honestly engage with the reasons one million food parcels were needed last year, can we possibly move nearer to finding solutions.

Foodbank Use Is Soaring But The People Using Them Aren't Who You'd Think

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK

A record number of Britons are now using foodbanks, new analysis has revealed, with many of their customers being skilled workers or disabled people u...

The Big-hearted People Making This Easter Happier for Children in Poverty

Molly Hodson | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK
Molly Hodson

Whilst the average child in the UK receives 8.8 Easter eggs, and one in five reportedly make themselves sick on chocolate over Easter, there are thousands of children in poverty across the UK who face having nothing at all. Thankfully, for the last few weeks, food banks across the UK have seen so many local heroes come forward to help children in poverty to have a happier Easter.

Your Kindness This Christmas Has a Real Impact on Those Amongst Us Struggling the Most

Alex Howell | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK
Alex Howell

It's Christmas Eve, and this morning I delivered the last two of three hundred Christmas hampers. I don't work for Harrods, or M&S, or anyone else who might spring to mind when you think about hamper deliveries; I work for Salisbury Foodbank. And each one of these three hundred hampers will go to families and individuals who are struggling to put food on the table this Christmas...

Foodbank Britain at Christmas

Richard Burden | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

In the last month my team and I have referred about the same number of people to the foodbank for assistance as we did in the ten months before that... The sheer scale of the operation these days is both astonishing and impressive. The fact that it has to be so big, though, underlines that something is fundamentally wrong with the way Britain operates at the moment.

Kathryn Snowdon

Tories Have 'Heads In The Sand Over What's Making People Use Foodbanks'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK

Tax credit cuts could see a "substantial rise" in the use of foodbanks, the country's largest provider of them has said. The Trussell Trust also sa...

Dear Richard Littlejohn: Please Don't Pretend That Hunger and Poverty Are Not Real, Right Here, Right Now

Sarah Chapman | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Sarah Chapman

The questioning again that hunger and poverty is not a reality in the UK in 2015, or that it is a fabrication of left-wing politics, is both inaccurate and demonising - adding to the false narrative that anyone who doesn't have income for enough food, or rent, or gas and electricity, or school shoes for the kids, must have only themselves to blame.

What's Wrong With Benefit Sanctions?

Chris Mould | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

Why does behaviour we would think outrageous if it were a business owner trying it, get given the okay when it's people administering the benefits system that do it? What justifies the rules being so very different?

The Test of a One Nation Budget

Chris Mould | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

As we digest the results of the budget today, the words seem as good a test to judge it by as any. To be true to the One Nation ideal the budget must answer a simple question those of us in the foodbanks movement ponder every day. What can be done to reduce the number of people in poverty and hunger?

The Food Bank Blame Game

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

The anger created by the rise of food banks can force those in power to tackle this issue. And the ensuing hope can finally put an end to the march of the 'blame the poor' brigade.

Food Banks - A Powerful Symbol of Five Years of Failure

Emily Thornberry | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Politics
Emily Thornberry

With less than two weeks until election day, the increasing prevalence of poverty in the UK is something everyone should reflect on and consider. This election is so important because, in many ways, the fundamental question facing voters is what kind of society we want to be.

Eleven Foodbank Myths You Must Not Fall For

Molly Hodson | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Molly Hodson

It's becoming increasingly hard not to have an opinion on foodbanks. But when you're forming yours, make sure you're not falling for any of these common myths about food bank use...

Katie Hopkins Is Back And Giving Two Fingers To 'Blagging' Food Bank Users

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK

Katie Hopkins has burst back into the public consciousness by taking a swipe at people who rely on food banks. Following a self-imposed twitter si...

The Reality Is That the Rise in Food Banks Is a Result of a Tory Government Failing to Protect the Most Vulnerable

Maria Eagle | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Maria Eagle

The rise of food banks in 21st Century Britain is nothing short of a disgrace. Today's figures from the Trussell Trust confirm that in David Cameron's Britain more than a million people have to rely on food banks each year. This is the Tory plan that David Cameron says is working.

Latest Food Bank Numbers Suggest That 'Economic Recovery' Claim Isn't Quite True

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK

NOTE: This piece was amended in May 2015 to reflect the fact that around half a million people are believed to have used food banks, not over one mill...

The Food Bank Record David Cameron Won't Be Celebrating

Huffington Post UK/PA | James Martin | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK

David Cameron has been urged by Labour to sign a pledge to reduce food bank usage as figures are expected to confirm a million people have used them i...

We Need to Talk About Stock Cubes and Hot Water

Chris Mould | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK
Chris Mould

On Easter Monday, the Sun ran a full page non-story attacking the Trussell Trust for tenuous and supposed hypocrisy. Was there any mention of the fact that thousands of parents are going hungry to feed their children in the UK this Easter holiday? No. For me, this is the real story - or at least it should be. So why are certain sections of the media so determined to undermine anyone who speaks out about the reality of hunger and poverty in the UK? Last Easter, the Mail on Sunday ran an undercover investigation at foodbanks, trying to attack them, and those who need them. It notoriously backfired. This year it was the Sun.

Our Welfare System Must Not Pander to the Myth of the Undeserving Poor and Ignore the Real Need of Those in Crisis

Chris Mould | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

It seems to me, and others who gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee, that a system in which claimants are 'presumed guilty' unless they prove otherwise goes against 'natural, or administrative, justice'. This is a reflection of the destructive narrative that has built up around benefit claimants.

9 Heartbreaking Stories From #FeedingBritain

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK

Benefit delays, food waste and hungry children sent home to a cold house with empty cupboards are just some of the heartbreaking stories to emerge fro...

How 'Feeding Britain' Could Make a Massive Dent in the Problem of Hunger That Haunts Our Society

Chris Mould | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK
Chris Mould

The APPG on food poverty and hunger's seminal report goes beyond anything that's been done before on the problem of hunger in Britain. This powerful cross-party document validates what the voluntary sector has been saying for a long time about the distressing reality of hunger in the UK, and it turns the spotlight on the specific problems that need addressing.

Britain Goes Hungry, Supermarkets Send Millions Of Tonnes To Landfill

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK

Families are forced into food banks because of "unacceptable" delays in benefits, but action must be also taken to tackle high fuel bills, food prices...

Tories May Have Some Explaining To Do Over This Report On Food Bank Demand

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

More than half of people driven by acute poverty to apply for emergency food aid are there because of delays, sudden cuts or sanctions imposed on welf...

Britain In 2014 Still Has Poor Hospitalised For Malnutrition

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK

Brits are suffering from malnutrition because people simply cannot afford food, experts have warned David Cameron. Figures released earlier this mo...

Still Hungry for Answers on Foodbanks

Dave Clements | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

There is good reason to point to welfare changes as having the single most sizeable bearing on the rise in foodbanks and the take-up of food parcels. According to the Trust (ever-reliable in recording its foodbank activity), in 2013/14 benefit delays accounted for the highest number of referrals.