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.
- #5WeeksTooLong (2019): New case study evidence and analysis of support service data illustrate the ongoing impact of the minimum five week wait and the limits of current policies to mitigate its effects.
- The Next Stage of Universal Credit (2018): Analysing quantitative food bank voucher data, this report finds that moving onto Universal Credit is a growing driver of food bank use.
- Left Behind: is Universal Credit truly Universal? (2018): Through a survey of over 280 Universal Credit claimants referred to food banks, this report finds that the design and implementation of the new benefit system can push people into crisis.
- Early Warnings: Universal Credit and Food banks (2017): This report looks at some of the impacts of the transition to Universal Credit on people referred and food bank demand.
- Disability, Health, and Hunger (2018): This report looks into what food banks are doing to support people with health conditions, suggesting local and national solutions.
- The impact of benefit sanctioning on food insecurity (2016): The University of Oxford reports on sanctions, identifying a strong link between benefit sanctioning and food bank use.
- A Local Jigsaw: a Study into Local Welfare Assistance Schemes and Food banks (2017): Through a survey of local authorities and food banks, this report finds that local welfare assistance availability and up-take is dwindling, and advocates for funding to be sustained, increased, and ring-fenced.
- A nutritional analysis of the Trussell Trust emergency food parcel: Nutritional researchers at University College London examine the three-day emergency food parcel.
- Non-food provision in the Trussell Trust network in Scotland (2017): This report looks at the scale and demand of need for essential non-food items in Scotland such as toiletries and feminine hygiene products.
- Volunteering across the UK giving ‘at least £30 million’ a year in unpaid work to support food banks (2017): With the Independent Food Aid Network, this is the first data on the value of volunteers in food banks, both independent and Trussell Trust.