New statistics show food banks in the Trussell Trust network gave a record 1.6 million food parcels to people in the past year. That's a 73% rise in just five years.
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.
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.