Latest figures published by The Trussell Trust show that foodbank use is two per cent higher than last year, with over 1.1 million three day emergency food supplies being provided by the charity’s foodbanks in the 2015/16 financial year.
New mapping data, from the University of Hull, also suggests a correlation between foodbank use and areas with high numbers of people who are in skilled manual work or unable to work due to long term illness or disability. The Trussell Trust says the main drivers of foodbank usage remain benefit problems and low income.
‘Today’s figures on national foodbank use prove that the numbers of people hitting a crisis where they cannot afford to buy food are still far too high. One million three day food supplies given out by our foodbanks every year is one million too many. This must not become the new normal’, commented David McAuley, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust.
For full details of The Trussell Trust foodbank statistics see the Trussell Trust website.