Trussell Trust

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 08.04.2015 | 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 24.03.2015 | 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.

A Third Of Us 'Cannot Afford Healthy Food'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK

Rising food prices have left a nearly third of people in the UK struggling to afford healthy food despite a desire to eat more healthily, a charity su...

David Cameron: Zacchaeus Reborn?

Chris Godfrey | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Godfrey

Cameron's sincerity isn't the issue here though - in this instance it isn't unfair to say he has none, it's political manoeuvring at its most palpable. The real question is whether it is in the church's best interests to succumb to his seductive eulogy.

We Need to Work Together as a Nation to Help Our Struggling Families

Chris Mould | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

This year's Budget has to create some movement in a positive direction for the many millions of people for whom the past six years have been cumulatively, increasingly difficult. Many people attending foodbanks have jobs. Too often those jobs are insecure, with uncertain hours. Poor people need better base pay, more employment security, more full time rather than part time work.

Jobcentres ARE Told To Send Struggling People To Foodbanks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

Jobcentres have been advised to send people to food banks, raising fears of the creeping use of the emergency food as a integral part of the welfare s...

Day Two of My 40 Day 'End Hunger Fast'

Keith Hebden | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Hebden

After months of organising, meetings, prayer, and listening to grassroots groups, bishops and charities I have finally begun my forty day fast. For the next forty days - Ash Wednesday until Palm Sunday - I'm going to eat no food. I'll have a glass of fruit juice each morning and the water left over from steamed vegetables in the evening; and keep hydrated of course.

What the Foodbank Debate Tells Us

Stephen Timms | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Timms

The debate about foodbanks exposes the dark secret at the heart of this government: they just don't care. Asked about the growth of foodbanks, David Cameron always gives the same reply: that demand for foodbanks went up tenfold under Labour. He is implying that things are no worse now than before the election. The facts, however, tell a different story. One of the reasons the extraordinary Trussell Trust has proved so irksome to government is that it keeps meticulous statistics. And it refuses to suppress them.

Iain Duncan Smith Accuses Trussell Trust Food Bank Charity Of 'Scaremongering'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Tory Iain Duncan Smith has accused a major food bank charity of "scaremongering", whilst attacking it messaging as being "political". Having refuse...

The Real Reason Food Banks Have Trebled

Katie Hopkins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

One mention of food banks and we are all supposed to break out the Andrex tissues, wipe away our tears of sympathy and empty our cupboards into the nearest food bank donation box. Unsurprisingly, my eyes are as dry as they were at my mother-in-law's funeral. Gove says food bank users have themselves to blame for being "unable to manage their finances". I agree.

Jessica Elgot

Food Banks 'Need Urgent Investigation', As Use Triples In ONE YEAR | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK

Pressure is mounting on Downing Street to launch an urgent investigation into the soaring numbers of people turning to emergency food banks, as one ch...

'Osborne Needs A Reality Check!'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne has come under fire after telling MPs that he has not visited a food bank. Under questioning today from Labour MP Teresa ...

Food Bank Use Tripled After Welfare Changes

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK

Three times as many people received emergency supplies from Trussell Trust food banks in the three months from April this year compared with the same ...

Jessica Elgot

Benefit Problems Not Linked To Rise In Food Banks, Says Millionaire Tory | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK

Lord Freud, the millionaire Tory minister, has told the House of Lords that there is no evidence that the growth of food banks is linked to growing po...

Poor Families 'Worry About Feeding Children In School Holidays'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

One-in-five parents in Britain skips meals in order to feed their children, with many relying so heavily on schools and charities to feed their childr...

The Government Is Failing Families on the Tipping Point Between Hardship and Financial Crisis

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Statistics published on Friday worryingly put the government on course to miss its legal duty to eradicate child poverty by 2020. It is a national scandal that the 21st Century, child poverty in this country is continuing to affect children's lives.

Food Poverty: We Must Get Beyond Inadequate Plasters on This Gaping Wound

Natalie Bennett | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Last night many senior representatives of NGOs and parliamentarians gathered in the House to debate food poverty, under the umbrella of Just Fair. Useful and important things were said. But the really powerful word came from several speakers, all women, who spoke about the reality of living in food poverty.

Food Banks Feed Half A Million Of UK's 'Hidden Hungry'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK

Britain's "hidden hunger" is affecting half a million people who turn to food banks and an urgent parliamentary inquiry is desperately needed, chariti...