Help create a future without food banks

Our benefits system is supposed to protect us all from being swept into poverty. But the main reasons for people needing emergency food are benefits not covering the cost of living and delays or changes to benefits being paid. 

#5WeeksTooLong

We know this situation can be fixed - that’s why we’re campaigning to create a future where no one needs a food bank.

One big problem is that everyone who applies for Universal Credit has to wait at least five weeks for a full payment – some are left waiting longer. This is leaving many people without enough money to cover the basics, forcing them to food banks. 

Ending the five week wait should be the Government’s first priority to help create a future without food banks.

Join the #5WeeksToo long campaign and help make that happen.

  • I am at the moment just moved out of homeless into a private let I put in for HB with the council 14 days later I phoned to see what was happening onlt to be told I have to claim thru UC, no one told me I had to do this I am now sitting panicking my anxiety and deppresion is taking its toll I've been told il get in formed on the 3rd July, I'm worried sick about my rent and what I'm gonna get for hb Mhairi 08.06.2021 19:31
  • Rosie 25.05.2021 06:45
  • Because this has got to stop! Elle 13.05.2021 10:55
  • I have used the local church we pay £3 and get two bags of shopping am on legacy benifits Danielle 13.05.2021 01:46
  • Sally 22.04.2021 11:24
  • I work in community development and I am currently starting a project looking at better co-ordination of food banks in Portsmouth but also reduction in reliance on food banks and eradication of food insecurity. Katy 21.04.2021 15:16