Foodbanks are set to hand out six emergency food parcels a minute to hungry Britons this autumn, a startling study warned.
Analysis for the country’s biggest foodbank network, the Trussel Trust, anticipates a 61 per cent wave in demand, meaning it will circulate 846,000 packages in the last three months of the year as frantic families struggle to put meals on the table.
With each food parcel containing enough ingredients for three meals a day for three days, that equates to the charity supplying 7,614,000 meals in October, November and December.
The forecast represents an additional 300,000 packages and 2.7 million meals, in the same period last year, 2019 when 524,000 parcels and 4.7 million meals were circulated.
The feared spike in demand in the run-up to Christmas comes as the Government prepares to end its coronavirus furlough scheme next month, potentially unleashing an unemployment tsunami as companies lay off staff.
Trussel Trust chief executive Emma Revie said that communities throughout the country have shown tremendous resilience in helping more people than ever before, but that foodbanks and other community charities couldn’t continue to pick up the pieces.
Nobody should need a charity to help put food on the table.
The alarming prediction comes from modelling from the Institute for Social Policy, Housing Equalities Research (I-Sphere) at Heriot-Watt University and follows an unprecedented period of sustained pressure on foodbanks.
During the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown in April, 52 per cent of people who used a foodbank had never needed one before according to data, but some 99,300 households who had never previously visited a foodbank went looking for help between April and June.
The charity says households with children have been hardest hit and statistics showed a 95 per cent growth in parcels given out to families with children in April, compared to April 2019.
The figures came in the Trust’s latest report, ‘Lockdown, Lifelines and the Long Haul Ahead’ published and it cautions that mass unemployment is predicted on a scale not seen since the early 1990s that will trigger new spikes in poverty.
The I-Sphere team fears an extra 672,905 additional people will be deemed destitute by the end of the year, meaning they won’t be able to afford necessities like housing, energy and food.
However, the Trust thinks the situation can be turned around if this evidence is prioritised and acted upon by Government during the approaching Comprehensive Spending Review and Budget.
But things will not get any better, with the furlough scheme not being extended and we will see more people losing their jobs and it’s wonderful they’ve extended notice periods for tenants with AST’s to 6 months, but let’s hope that landlords with mortgages on their rented properties can take the hit when rents are not being paid or are drastically reduced, and if you are a landlord, make sure you have insurance cover.
We must keep calling for Universal Basic Income (UBI) for everyone, not means-tested because it’s going to be the only way to keep our economy going and to restore some dignity to people, and our workers need a voice.
The Tories have truly put the ‘great’ back into Great Britain and now they’re taking us back at least 100 years with children going hungry and no safety net to speak of, but then I suppose we should be grateful that we’re not tossing our excrement out of the window and walking in it as we stroll down the street.
This really does make my blood boil with foodbanks and raging poverty which has all been caused by the Conservatives and our Tory Government not paying their taxes while Jacob Rees-Mogg falls asleep in Parliament on £300 per day while his company made £120 million zero taxed, and why are these criminals not in prison?