More than 1 million People in the UK Relied on Food Bank Last Year


Published Date : Apr 22, 2015

In the last 12 months, more than one million people living in the United Kingdom, which had a significant number of low paid workers, were forced to resort to food banks. This has challenged the claims that dividends of Britain’s recovery are definitely not distributed equally.

As per the latest figures revealed by the Trussell Trust that closely coordinate with a network of banks and financial institutions in the United Kingdom, there has been a significant 19% year-on-year increase in the number of people using food bank. The figure clearly showcases that the hunger, poverty, and debt have continued to affect a large number of families belonging from the low income groups and individuals. 

The number of people receiving emergency food from the food banks and trusts increased from 913,000 recorded previous year to nearly 1.1 million in 2014-15. The emergency food was distributed by a network of 445 food banks. Back in 2009 and 2010, the number was way lesser than what it stands today. The Liberal Democrat-Conservative coalition was in power back then and the government had carried a lesser known charity of feeding 41,000 people from a network of 56 food banks. 

Chairman of Trussel Trust, Chris Mould referring to the situation said, the figures only reveal the number of people experiencing catastrophic issues owing to low income, despite the economy as a unit has exhibited signs of wider economic recovery. The needs and requirements of people have only aggravated instead of diminishing in the last 12 months. 

According to experts, the numbers that have come to foray may be just the tip of the iceberg. Food poverty in the country according to the doctors have also emerged as a major public health issue in the United Kingdom.