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.