One in 50 (2%) British adults say they used a food bank during 2016, according to research commissioned by Church Urban Fund.a 5% of adults surveyed reported that in the past year they had gone without meals as they were unable to afford food, and 13% said they had experienced anxiety or worry about being able to afford enough food for themselves and their family during 2016. The figures pose a strong challenge to the notion that growth in food banks has been supply led and, further, they demonstrate that the experience of food poverty is far more extensive than food bank use. Addressing the macro level drivers of household food insecurity requires a concerted, urgent and sustained cross-sectoral response. Responsibility for taking action must be shared by all who have power to make a difference, including government, employers, and individuals: it cannot only be the work of charities, churches, faith groups and community organisations at a local level, vital though this is. This report explores how the principles of being relational, encouraging participation, and seeking justice can help shape and inform our responses to food poverty both at a local level and in terms of our social structures and public policy.
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Church Urban Fund|
|Commissioning body||Church Urban Fund|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|