APPG on Ending the Need for Food Banks – 2022 Inquiry
Cash or food? Exploring effective responses to destitution.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Ending the Need for Food Banks is undertaking a landmark inquiry into how we tackle the growing need for food banks across the UK.
What is an APPG?
An APPG is an All-Party Parliamentary Group, that is made up of parliamentarians (from the House of Commons, House of Lords or both) from across the political spectrum, who come together around a specific interest.
The APPG on Ending the Need for Food Banks was established in 2020 to bring together parliamentarians to explore how to tackle the need for food banks, and the destitution – meaning people cannot afford essentials like food and heating – which causes this. The Trussell Trust provides the secretariat to the APPG on Ending the Need for Food Banks.
What is an inquiry?
An inquiry is a process by which evidence is collected and analysed on a specific topic, to produce recommendations and guide government response.
This inquiry – Cash or food? Exploring effective responses to destitution – will explore how our communities and government should address the drivers of need for food banks, exploring respective merits of providing cash, ‘in-kind’ support (for example, vouchers), or emergency food, to support people facing destitution.
Why is this important?
Against a backdrop of record levels of need for food banks during the Covid-19 pandemic, and a growing cost of living crisis, this is a critical time to assess effective ways to deliver support to people facing destitution, and challenge the growing normalisation of emergency food as a response. This inquiry provides an important opportunity to consider the respective merits of different types of community responses to support people experiencing a short-term crisis, including food, in-kind (such as vouchers) and cash-based support, and their role in ending the need for food banks. The inquiry will also examine what lessons can be learned from the various ways that different levels of government responded to the Covid-19 pandemic.
What will it try and achieve?
The goal of the inquiry is to review the evidence and produce a report on the respective merits of different types of community responses to support people experiencing a short-term crisis and their role in ending the need for food banks. This includes food, in-kind (such as vouchers) and cash-based support.
Who is on the inquiry team?
The inquiry team is made up of a small group of members from the APPG:
- Wendy Chamberlain MP, Liberal Democrat, Co-Chair of APPG and Convenor of inquiry
- Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour
- Marion Fellows MP, Scottish National Party
- Paul Maynard MP, Conservative
- Baroness D’Souza, Crossbench
How can I get involved?
The APPG has put out a call for evidence – meaning that they would like to hear from people with experience, knowledge, or informed opinions on the issues that the inquiry is looking into. This includes:
- Individuals with lived experience of needing to use a food bank or destitution
- Frontline service providers
- Community-based organisations
- Local government
- Governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
- UK government
- Other organisations with experience in the sector
Make your voice heard
By submitting evidence to the inquiry you will be helping find solutions to end the need for food banks.