04 Nov Rise of Food Banks
Alarming figures showing the rise of food banks in recent years highlight the underlying issue of hunger and poverty within our society.
The Trussell Trust, an organisation that runs emergency food banks across the UK stated earlier this year that ‘1,109,309 three day emergency food supplies were provided to people in crisis by the charity’s network of 424 foodbanks in the 2015/16 financial year’, this is a 2% rise on the previous year. 415866 of those people were children.
This proves that the numbers of people who have to rely on emergency food banks because they cannot afford to buy food is still too high, and the fact that it is still rising means that a move to help stop hunger in the UK must be devised and taken into effect.
Some of the main reasons cited from those having to rely on food banks are benefit delays or changes as well as low incomes. Essentially the poorest in society are unable to cope and the government needs to address this.
More must be done in order to change this. Organisations like The Trussell Trust which runs a network of 400+ food banks across the UK who also try to provide a number of other services such as money management to those most in need. However, that is not enough on its own and the government alongside voluntary organisations and the public need to work together to prevent and relieve hunger in Scotland and the rest of the UK.