The Trussell Trust’s latest statistics reveal thirteen million people now live below the poverty line in the UK. The trust’s network of over 420 foodbanks including our closest foodbank in Morecambe, operate out of more than 1,200 centres across the UK and provide a minimum of three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis.
Between April and September the highest number of emergency food packs went to people living in the North West – higher than the whole of Scotland and almost twice as many as provided in Wales. The inability of benefits to cover essential living costs and issues with payments remain the most common reasons for referral to a foodbank.
Nationally, The Trussell Trust provided 658,048 emergency supplies to people in crisis Between April and September- a 13% increase on the same period in 2017. And we’re the fifth richest economy in the world. Shocking.