State of Hunger

We all believe in the basics. That everyone should have a home. That everyone should be able to afford food. That everyone should have electricity, water, a door they can close.

But every day, too many people wake up without these things – without enough money to feed their families, pay their bills, or keep warm.

Over the last five years, the number of emergency food parcels provided to people in crisis by food banks in the Trussell Trust’s network has increased by 73%. No charity can replace the dignity of buying your own food. To help end the need for food banks, the Trussell Trust commissioned State of Hunger – the most authoritative piece of independent research into hunger in the UK to date. Here’s what the research reveals…

State of Hunger research found that people who have been referred to a food bank:

have an average weekly income after housing costs of just £50

cannot afford to buy the absolute essentials that we all need to eat, stay warm and dry, and keep clean – with 94% facing real destitution

are very likely to have health issues – with nearly 75% reporting at least one health issue

have a household income that was about the same as their housing costs

are very likely to be facing long-term crisis 

have problems with the benefit system, with over two-thirds reporting issues with the system in the last year

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