Research and advocacy

To end poverty and hunger in the UK, we need a robust welfare safety net and secure incomes so people can afford at least basic essentials like food and heating. Our policy asks and campaigning are rooted in evidence from food banks in our network across the UK, and the people they support.

We use our evidence to campaign for change for people on the lowest incomes – we do this by sharing our evidence with policymakers and the public to ensure they understand fully the state of hunger and poverty in the UK. Find out more about our campaigns here.

Lockdown, lifelines and the long haul ahead: The impact of Covid-19 on food banks in the Trussell Trust network (2020): Carried out with Heriot Watt University, this research reveals the impact of the pandemic on food bank use during the first half of 2020, and forecasts how need will continue to change this winter. The executive summary , policy paper from NIESR, more information on the survey findings, and the technical report are also available.

The State of Hunger: Introduction to a study of poverty and food insecurity in the UK (2019): This interim report introduces the State of Hunger research project, which is being carried out by Heriot-Watt university over the next three years to help us understand the scale of hunger and poverty in the UK.

Financial insecurity, food insecurity, and disability (2017): From researchers at the University of Oxford, this report is the most wide-ranging piece of research on the causes of food bank use in the UK.

Emergency Use Only II (2017): This report evaluates changes in policy affecting people on very low incomes since 2014 and finds that more needs to be done to reduce hunger in the UK.

Emergency Use Only (2014): This report with the Church of England, Child Poverty Action Group, and Oxfam identifies a number of problems with the benefits system which contribute to an increase in food bank use.

Below the Breadline (2014): The Trussell Trust and partners seek to measure the extent of food poverty across the UK for the first time.