End of Year Stats
Record 2.5m food bank parcels given to people in crisis in the past year as the Trussell Trust calls for governments at all levels across the UK to commit to developing a plan to end the need for food banks once and for all.
The number of emergency food parcels given to people in crisis by food banks in the Trussell Trust network in the financial year 2020/21.
Between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, food banks in the Trussell Trust’s UK wide network distributed 2.5 million emergency food parcels to people in crisis, a 33% increase on the previous year. 980,000 of these went to children.
Compared to this time five years ago, need for food banks in our network has increased by 128%.
“No one should face the indignity of needing emergency food. Yet our network of food banks has given out record numbers of food parcels as more and more people struggle without enough money for the essentials. This is not right but we know we can build a better future. This pandemic has shown the unexpected can hit suddenly, but we know when we push for change, united by our desire for justice and compassion, the government has to listen and act.
“We are asking you, the public, to write to your local candidates standing for election on 6 May, asking them to commit to working to end the need for food banks if elected. Together, we can take action now to build a hunger free future.”
Hunger in the UK isn’t about food. It’s about a lack of income. We know the main drivers of food bank use in our network are:
- Problems with the benefits system (delays, inadequacy and reductions)
- Challenging life experiences or ill-health
- Lack of informal or formal support
This isn’t right. Now is the time to act.
We’re calling on candidates standing in the upcoming elections across England, Scotland, and Wales to commit to working to end the need for food banks and developing a plan to do so if elected. You can help by writing to candidates in your area to ask them to make this pledge and stand for change. Together, we can take action to build a hunger free future.
Food bank Statistics for previous Financial Years with Regional Breakdown
|Yorkshire & Humberside||58,939||66,303||70,307||79,502||90,245||108,148||122,726|
|Yorkshire & Humberside||38,207||41,918||45,340||51,206||67,243||67,219||74,987|
|Yorkshire & Humberside||20,732||24,385||24,967||28,296||32,735||40,905||47,739|
What do these stats show?
Our statistics are a measure of volume rather than unique users, the available data indicates that people received around 2.4 food bank referrals in the last year. The data is collected using an online system into which food banks enter data from each food bank voucher, and the number of emergency food supplies is recorded.
For example, if a family of three were referred to a food bank twice in one year, this would count as six supplies on the system because it would reflect six instances of a supply going to someone in the household. However, if a family of three were only referred to a food bank once, this would count as three supplies.
Trussell Trust figures cannot be used to fully explain the scale of food bank use across the UK, because our figures relate to food banks in our network and not to the hundreds of independent food aid providers and community-groups also providing support. There are more than 1,300 food bank centres in the Trussell Trust’s UK wide network. The Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) represents more than 500 independent food banks operating across the UK. IFAN has identified at least 1,034 independent food banks across the UK in addition to food banks in the Trussell Trust network, Salvation Army, and school-based food banks.