In 2015-16, over 1.5 million people in the UK accessed a foodbank.

In 2015-16, over 1.5 million people in the UK accessed a foodbank. This included unemployed, disabled, low paid workers, elderly and around 600,000 children. This figure doesn’t take account of the thousands of people who don’t access food banks and borrow money to feed themselves, or those who go silently hungry until they can next afford food. Additionally, there are thousands of families across the country living on the verge of food crisis, whose income doesn’t allow for fresh food in their diets.

Of the 1.5 million people who did access food aid from foodbanks in the past year, most were given a parcel of non-perishable, ultra processed food. Shockingly, our research indicated that up to 40% of the foodbank package is not used by the recipient as the parcels aren’t designed to feed people well. With numbers of people falling into crisis set to increase with austerity measures, we’re campaigning for a better response. We’ve designed a fresh food aid model, ensuring social justice for people in food poverty. At a time when we campaign for healthier food provision for children in schools and sugar taxes and raise awareness of the obesity crisis and the nutritional impact of processed food, it is only right that we work to improve the food given to people who are unable to feed themselves; those in desperate need of good nutrition.

What we’re doing to combat food poverty

To date we have held 3 food poverty conferences, bringing together 165 organisations to find solutions to food poverty in Merseyside and across the country. These conferences and subsequent working groups enabled us to pull together a position statement on the state of food poverty in Liverpool. Additionally, we have produced our own food aid packages which contain predominantly fresh food, accompanied by ambient goods and recipes to enable people to use the complete package, feeding them with nutritious food for 5 whole days.

We hope to work alongside current food aid providers to pilot this package.

Share your lunch

In the last year we have generated 6,251 free meals for people in food poverty across Merseyside

In addition to our research and campaign, we use our own operations to generate free, fresh meals for people in crisis. Read more about Share Your lunch here.

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