13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
In 2013-14 foodbanks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children.
Rising food and fuel prices, static incomes, underemployment and changes to benefits are some of the reasons why increasing numbers are being referred to foodbanks for emergency food.
The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With over 420 foodbanks currently launched, our goal is for every town to have one.
Download UK foodbank report on how foodbanks work, foodbank growth and who we help
‘We had to borrow a tin of soup from next door to stop our
18-month-old daughter from going to bed hungry.’
Ann-Marie, Salisbury Read story
‘If there was no foodbank I’d have to steal something to feed my family.’
Jamie, Andover Foodbank client
Foodbanks help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. A simple box of food makes a big difference.
All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services.
Why do people need emergency food?
Today people across the UK will struggle to feed themselves and their families. Redundancy, illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and paying for the additional costs of heating during winter are just some of the reasons why people go hungry. Read client stories
What’s in a foodbox?
Each foodbox contains a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.
View a foodbank shopping list
Foodbanks rely on the support of local communities. Click here to find your nearest foodbank.
If there’s no foodbank near you why not find out more about starting a foodbank.
Eat Well, Spend Less courses
The Trussell Trust has piloted, and is currently looking to roll out, 'Eat Well, Spend Less' courses that teach people how to cook when on a low budget. The course includes basic cookery lessons as well as providing advice on food budgeting, hygiene and nutrition.