Food bank use 'shocking' in 21st century Britain

A record total of more than 913,000 people received three days' emergency food in the last year, according to a new report from the Trussell Trust.

The Trust's chairman Chris Mould described the statistic as "shocking in 21st century Britain".

That 900,000 people have received three days' food from a food bank - close to triple the numbers helped last year - is shocking in 21st-century Britain.

But, perhaps most worrying of all, this figure is just the tip of the iceberg of UK food poverty. It doesn't include those helped by other emergency food providers, those living in towns where there is no food bank, people who are too ashamed to seek help or the large number of people who are only just coping by eating less and buying cheap food.

– The Trussell Trust's chairman Chris Mould

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Number of food bank users up 163% in past year

Almost a million adults and children received emergency supplies from food banks in the past year - a "shocking" rise of 163% on the previous 12 months - a new report from the Trussell Trust has revealed.