hunger has affected a sizable proportion of the UK’s population
throughout most of its history.
became less of a political issue in the second half of the twentieth
century. However, food banks use started to grow in the 2000s, and has
December 2013, according to a group of Doctors and academics writing in
the British Medical Journal hunger in the UK had reached the level of a
"public health emergency".
rise has been blamed on the 2008 recession as well as the austerity
measures implemented afterwards.
the OECD that people answering yes to the question ‘Have there been
times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food
that you or your family needed?’ decreased from 9.8% in 2007 to 8.1% in
some to say that the rise was due to both more awareness of food banks,
and the government allowing Job centers to refer people to food banks when
they were hungry.
UK has seen several changes in prevailing attitudes to the problem of
hunger and its relief. In the early 19th century, a view arose that it was
counterproductive to assist those suffering from hunger; rather people
should be left to fend for themselves, which would help them become more
self-sufficient and would also assist the free market to deliver
prosperity. By the early 20th century this way of thinking had been
largely displaced by the humanitarian view that Britons have a moral duty
to help the hungry when they are able.
to other countries
bank use in Germany and France is much higher than in Britain. In 2014,
1.5 million people a week used food banks in Germany
and there are twice as many food banks in France as there
are in Britain.
first European food bank was founded in France during 1984.
The first Italian food bank was established in 1989.
Similar to the UK's experience, foodbanks have become much more common
across continental Europe since the crisis that began in 2008, and
especially since austerity began to take effect from late 2010.
Spain, food banks can operate on the warehouse model, supplying a network
of surrounding soup kitchens and other food relief agencies. The Spanish
federation of food banks (FESBAL) helped to feed about 800,000 people
during 2008-2011, according to the Carrefour Foundation By October 2014,
Spain had 55 food banks in total, with the numbers who depend on them
having increased to 1.5 million.
Belgian, food banks helped about 121,000 people during 2012. That was an
increase of about 4,500 compared with 2011, the biggest increase since the
start of the 2008 crises. Belgian food banks account for about 65% of all
food aid given out within the country.
and High Wycombe
Many people are struggling
financially today, meaning that often there’s a decision to be made
between paying a major bill or eating! Parents tell us that they will
often skip meals to make sure their children can eat!
One Can Food bank provides a short-term free emergency
food supply of non-perishable items such as meat, vegetables and puddings
etc. The parcel provides enough nutritious basic ingredients, together
with menu cards, to create a number of meals.
We work on a referral system with a registered agency or organization who
will be working with people in need. They will complete the referral
form and invite applicants to go to one of the Pickup Centers to collect a
The One Can Food bank is stocked by the generosity of people from local
churches, schools, companies and individuals who regularly donate food,
time and money. This community of people also come together regularly to
sort, pick, pack and distribute food parcels to those in need.
We are open all year round. We
are able deliver parcels in special circumstances but in general refer
recipients to a pick up centre local to them. We have 12 centers across
Wycombe, Marlow and South Bucks
Trussell Trust partners with local communities to help stop UK hunger
million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals
going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to
receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.
Trussell Trust’s 400-strong network of foodbanks provides a minimum of
three days’ emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in
the UK. In 2014/15, we gave 1,084,604 three day emergency food supplies to
people in crisis.
recognise that stopping hunger is about More Than Food which is why we’re working with foodbanks to provide a
range of new services like money advice and Fuel Banks, helping people to
break the cycle of poverty.