The Trussell Trust, which operates over 400 foodbanks across the UK, has released a report which reveals the true extent of the foodbank crisis.
The figures suggest that over 1,000,000 people have received emergency food from the charity’s foodbanks in the last twelve months, more than in any other year.
However, the figures are measured against the vouchers used in foodbanks, leading to commentators to point out that the figures may be an overestimate.
The Trussell Trust detailed the data gathering in their report:
On average 49 percent of foodbank users only needed one foodbank voucher in a year.
Although the report acknowledges signs of economic recovery in the UK, it also shows that the number of people turning to foodbanks continues to grow.
LMMN sent a reporter to a Trussell Trust foodbank in West Norwood to find out who was using the foodbank and why.
The charity, which operates across London and the UK, detailed their recent efforts to combat the crisis.
Between 1 April 2014 – 30 September 2014, 492,641 people in crisis across the UK were provided with three days’ emergency food. This is 38% higher than the same period last year.
During this period 46,790 people in crisis across the London area were provided with three days’ emergency food. Of those receiving emergency food, Norwood and Brixton foodbank supported a total of 3,320 adults and 2,038 children.
LMMN also spoke to a user of the Norwood foodbank to find out why she had turned to the centre for help.