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The APPG on Ending the Need for Food Banks is undertaking an inquiry into Cash or Food? Exploring effective responses to destitution. Learn how to submit evidence including the requirements and guiding questions.

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.

That is why the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ending the Need for Food Banks is undertaking this inquiry to explore and consider 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.

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.

The APPG is keen to gain insight from a wide range of contributors, particularly people with lived experience of needing to use a food bank or destitution. The APPG would like to hear from both individuals and organisations, including charities, frontline service providers and community-based organisations. The inquiry will also seek evidence from all levels of government – local, national and the UK government.

How to respond

  • The deadline for submitting your written evidence to the APPG is Friday 8 July 2022
  • You can respond as an individual or on behalf of an organisation. You do not need to provide answers to all questions, only those which are most relevant
  • Please include your name and contact details in your submission
  • We advise you to keep your submissions to under 5,000 words. If possible, this should be sent as a single document, with a short opening summary, and should be a Word document rather than a PDF
  • Please indicate in your submission if you or a representative of your organisation would be willing to be to give evidence at the inquiry’s evidence sessions in September and October
  • Unless we receive a specific request not to, submissions by organisations may be published in full, and submissions by individuals may be published anonymously
  • Please email your written evidence to [email protected]
  • If you will find it difficult to submit your evidence by email or have any queries please get in touch with us at [email protected]