COVID-19 emergency food programme

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running an emergency food programme to protect children and their families from hunger. Hot meals and food packages are being made available, through a combination of home deliveries and collection points in the community, to ensure families on low incomes can put breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table each day. A donation of just £10 can purchase the equivalent of 30 meals for a family at risk of hunger.

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Welfare reform

One of the key drivers of food bank use are delays, changes and problems with welfare and benefits. We are working to identify and pilot constructive solutions to address those issues within the welfare system that risk pushing people into food crisis.

Through our local pilots we work with organisations on the frontline of supporting people at risk of hunger. We are committed to listening to them, and to the people they work with, to understand the key issues that need to be addressed. Based on this we are:

  • Identifying specific issues with the welfare system that are causing people to experience food crises, building evidence to show the impact, and putting forward concrete policy changes that would help to address the issue
  • Developing a prototype for information on people’s rights and the emergency support available, as part of an amended Claimant Commitment
  • Identifying opportunities for anti-hunger projects to be supported through statutory funding

The feelings in the support sector is of great apprehension … The pressure on Foodbanks will shoot up and we are preparing for a bleak Christmas for those that are going to be affected in December if the feedback is correct…A very worrying time” (Food bank manager, Cornwall)

Feeding Britain’s reports

Tightening the screw – The underlying trends in benefits & household budgets since 2015, April 2020

The ‘Other Britain’ and the failure of the welfare state

Universal Credit & the shrinking household budget, October 2018

Feeding Britain’s evidence to policy inquiries

Work and Pensions Select Committee consultation on sanctions, May 2018

Universal Credit Report to Work and Pensions Committee, October 2017

Questions asked by Feeding Britain’s trustees on behalf of the hungry

Baroness Boycott (CB) 02 June 2020

Baroness Boycott (CB) 13 May 2020

Frank Field (Birkenhead) (Lab) 05 December 2017

Frank Field (Birkenhead) (Lab) 02 November 2015

The Lord Bishop of Peterborough 10 September 2015