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Grassroots groups share £770,000 to help struggling residents Wirral Council (Press Release)14:12 8-Dec-23
Council’s festive foodbank appeal still open for donations Caerphilly County Borough Council (Press Release)14:10 8-Dec-23
Hailsham Foodbank moves into Vicarage Field Wealden District Council (Press Release)13:54 8-Dec-23
How to donate to the Surviving Winter campaign Tavistock Times Gazette13:37 8-Dec-23
East of England Co-op donating £50,000 to local foodbanks The Hunts Post, Cambridgeshire08:33 8-Dec-23
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Support for most vulnerable households though innovative refund scheme Hertsmere Borough Council (Press Release)16:59 7-Dec-23
Food bank benefits from share of government funding South Wales Guardian16:38 7-Dec-23
Labour leader criticises cuts to £842m cost of living fund Hexham Courant, Northumberland15:36 7-Dec-23
Council relaunches Food Voucher Scheme for vulnerable households (1) Eastleigh Borough Council (Press Release)13:06 7-Dec-23
Hailsham Foodbank move into Vicarage Field Wealden District Council (Press Release)12:33 7-Dec-23
Cost-of-living support guide launched Belfast City Council10:48 7-Dec-23
Food Bank Donations at our Libraries University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (Press Release)10:06 7-Dec-23
Are you eligible for the £550 Household Support Fund? Haslemere Herald, Surrey12:55 6-Dec-23
Shrewsbury Town supporting Christmas Food Scheme Shrewsbury Town FC - Official Site12:19 6-Dec-23
Selsey Shantymen sing for their supper SussexWorld12:10 6-Dec-23
Port food bank support praised Cambrian News11:13 6-Dec-23
One in four parents struggling with school costs Education Business10:34 6-Dec-23
Bridgnorth Foodbank issues Christmas appeal Shropshire Star06:06 6-Dec-23
Pupils lend a hand at foodbank New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times03:03 6-Dec-23
Police appeal after food donated to charity destroyed by vandals Darlington and Stockton Times23:57 5-Dec-23
Free school meals for pupils in Reydon and Southwold Eastern Daily Press, Norfolk23:26 5-Dec-23
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About our Food Poverty news

Latest Food Poverty news for the UK, including breaking updates on rising food prices, the cost of living, free school meals, and food banks.

Food poverty in the UK has been a concerning issue characterised by inadequate access to affordable and nutritious food for a significant number of individuals and households. The Russian invasion of Ukraine, cold snaps and droughts in Africa and Europe, and labour shortages which left some crops unharvested, have exacerbated the problem, destabilising the global grain and fertiliser markets and increasing import costs. In May 2023, the ONS reported that the annual rate of UK food and non-alcoholic beverage prices inflation increased to 19.1% in the 12 months to March 2023 – its fastest pace for over 40 years.

The numbers of people who fell into food poverty in the UK rose accordingly. This has been evidenced by the rise in food bank use from 2.18 million users in 2021/22 to 2.98 million in 2022/23. The Trussell Trust, an NGO which runs food banks, reported that over 760,000 people were forced to use Trussell Trust food banks for the first time between April 2022 and March 2023. Similarly, food poverty can be seen in the number of students eligible for free school meals. This rose to 23.8% of all pupils in January 2023, equivalent to over 2 million students, and a 40% increase from before the pandemic. These numbers are much higher than the under 26,000 reported food bank users in 2008/09 and 1.1 million free school meal children in 2017/18, and serves as a testament to the scale of this social problem in the United Kingdom.

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