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FoodBanks 

Food bank - noun - a place where stocks of food, typically basic provisions and non-perishable items, are supplied free of charge to people in need.

Chronic hunger has affected a sizable proportion of the UK’s population throughout most of its history.

 Hunger 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 dramatically expanded.

In 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".

The rise has been blamed on the 2008 recession as well as the austerity measures implemented afterwards.

However, 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 2012, leading 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.

The 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.

Comparison to other countries

Food 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.  

The 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.

In 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.

In 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.

One Can Trust Foodbank

Amersham, Beaconsfield and High Wycombe

Contact website   http://www.onecantrust.org.uk  

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 food parcel.

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  

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust partners with local communities to help stop UK hunger

Thirteen 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.

The 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.

We 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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