Research and advocacy

Our vision is for a future without the need for food banks. To realise this, we need a benefits system that works for everyone  and secure incomes so people can afford the 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 so that in the future no one needs to use a food bank. We do this by sharing our evidence with policy makers and the public to ensure they understand fully the state of hunger and poverty in the UK. Find out more about our campaigns here.

State of Hunger: Year Two report (2021): This report is for the second year of a landmark three-year research project, State of Hunger, which is being carried out by Heriot-Watt University. More information is available here.

Local lifelines: investing in local welfare during and beyond Covid-19 (2020): This report makes the case for extending emergency funding for local welfare assistance and reinvigorating the long-term role of local welfare in supporting people through financial hardship, looking at the role of local welfare assistance in England specifically.

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.

State of Hunger: Year One report (2019): State of Hunger is the largest ever piece of research into hunger and food bank use in the UK. This report is for the first year of a three-year project.

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.