Here is a collection of information resources to find what food banks are near you. I hope it helps in these times of need. If anyone wants to write about thier experiences of food poverty or otherwise in 21st century Britain get in touch, pseudonyms welcome….
Member organisations of Independent Food Aid Network operate throughout the UK and provide food aid to people in their communities in a variety of ways. Their membership includes over 500 independent food banks.
How to search their member map:
Use the scroll wheel or the plus/minus symbol in the bottom left hand of the map to zoom in or out. Click and drag using the mouse to navigate to your part of the country. Click on a marker to get the name and website of the foodbank. Visit their website for details.
(1) Click here for an expanded version of the map.
(2) In the expanded version, click on the magnifying glass icon to enter a postcode or place name.
Find a Food Bank
We support a nationwide network of food banks and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
There are more than 1,200 food bank centres in our network, about two thirds of the food banks in the UK. We support these food banks to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis (for instance by advice agencies, GPs, social services and schools), as well as support to help people resolve the crises they face.
We know it’s a challenging time for everyone at the moment as the coronavirus pandemic unfolds. Food banks are grassroots, community organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life.
If you are in financial crisis and live in England or Wales, please call our confidential free helpline on 0808 208 2138 (open Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm, closed on public holidays). Visit the link below to find a local foodbank:
As Prof Jean Ziegler who was the United Nations special rapporteur for the human right to food, the reason people go hungry in the world is not because there is not enough food but because of the economic and financial decisions that are made. Hunger and famine are financial instruments for making more profit and unfortunately pension and investment funds are wrapped up in the whole state of affairs. Read his book Betting on Famine for a truer picture of why the world is as it is:
The Trussell Trust make regular reports on Food Poverty and Food Insecurity in the United Kingdom. Here are some of their highlights from their 2021 ‘State of Hunger’ report which you can download below:
Drivers of hunger in the UK
- Food bank use is driven by economic need – that is, not having enough money to buy food once essential bills have been paid.
- As in 2019, our key conclusion remains that this extreme economic need is brought about by three factors, with typically all three present in recent histories of people referred to a food bank. Not having sufficient income from the social security safety net is the frst and most signifcant factor. This is more often due to how the social security system is designed (who is eligible for what support and how much beneft income is received by people eligible) than due to operational errors with beneft administration.
- The key design features of the social security system negatively aﬀecting people referred to food banks over 2019/20 were: having to wait fve weeks for the frst Universal Credit (UC) payment, very low rate of UC standard allowance, deductions from UC to repay UC advances and other debts, low Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates and LHA caps, ‘bedroom tax’, and the structure and process of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessment.
- The other two ‘background’ factors – those which were less immediate than, and compounded the impact of, low income and beneft problems – associated with food bank use were (a) ill-health or adverse life experiences (such as household separation or eviction), and (b) lack of informal and/or formal support. Adverse life experiences and ill-health both worsen people’s fnancial situation, through creating extra expenses or through undermining their capacity to navigate the beneft system. In some cases, beneft problems clearly also exacerbated health conditions. People lacking support cannot be tided over by family or friends during the period of insufcient income.
- In mid-2020, around 40% of food bank visits were mainly due to the pandemic, indicating people who had newly found themselves in crisis. However, half of such visits were made by people who had also used a food bank before the pandemic, underlining the signifcance of persistent or recurrent severe poverty.
- Modelling shows the vast majority of the increase in provision of food parcels is a result of increased underlying need rather than the growth in the number of food banks. This confrms previous fndings from modelling of food parcel need at the local authority level.