Hunger in the UK
Our latest and most in-depth study to date on hunger reveals its causes, impacts and who is affected.
With record numbers of people across the country already forced to turn to food banks, our Hunger in the UK reports starkly reveal this is just the tip of the iceberg, with millions more struggling with hunger, but not yet reaching out for charity support.
One in seven people face hunger across the UK because they simply don’t have enough money.
The people at risk
Certain groups are more likely to face hunger.
Our social security system is the driving factor pushing people towards hunger.
Having no money leads to further issues, such as isolation, debt and health problems.
Emma Revie, Chief Executive, The Trussell Trust
But it doesn't have to be this way.
That’s why, alongside the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, we’re calling on the UK government to guarantee our essentials and ensure that the basic rate of Universal Credit at least covers our core costs, such as food and bills.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
See the data for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for the first time.
What are the policy solutions?
The roadmap for ending the need for food banks demands change in multiple areas of policy – at the regional, national and UK level. This briefing sets out some areas of focus for policy makers and some specific policy changes that are needed across the different levels of government in the UK.
Participatory research and policy development
Policy ideas and proposals were developed in partnership with people with lived experience of using food banks in the Trussell Trust network. This report shared the findings from four participatory policy-development workshops that took place across the UK in 2022/23 using Legislative and Forum Theatre methods.
About the research
The Hunger in the UK research project is a multi-year mixed methods research programme delivered in partnership with Ipsos and food banks in the Trussell Trust network. The perspectives and participation of people who have needed to access emergency food has been integral to this research in not only understanding the problems that are driving food bank use, but also in crafting solutions to these problems.
We are committed to making our data available to others for further research and analysis. Data files are accessible via the UK data service.