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Food Banks

GCSE, AS, A-Level, IB
AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB, Eduqas, WJEC

Last updated 14 Oct 2017

Food banks are run by volunteer-based organisations, redistributing food donated by consumers, retailers and the food industry.

Data on the use of food banks in the United Kingdom

Food bank use in Britain has grown rapidly in recent years. Several factors help to explain this:

  1. Higher food prices have made food less affordable for low-income households
  2. High long term unemployment have hit family budgets
  3. Declining real incomes for many people on lower wages
  4. Welfare reforms including a maximum welfare cap for families and tighter rules for claiming benefits
  5. More food banks have been set up – i.e. supply is responding to growing demand and need among many families

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