The UK’s foodbanks and the long-term effects of the recession

Problem areas depend on a range of factors not solely linked to the recession. Older people may not live in areas with a variety of jobs or be well-off. Or a family might have lost a home through a relationship breakdown, and young adults might have moved out of family homes, but still be overwhelmed by rent. Foodbanks currently help nearly 5m people per year, up from 3m in 2008. The numbers have risen by 50% in four years alone. The UK is not unique in experiencing a food bank crisis. The effect is felt most acutely in deprived areas of many countries, including Ireland, the United States, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Greece, Poland, Portugal, and India. With unemployment rising, foodbanks are on the rise in cities across the UK too, including Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Glasgow. The BBC study compared funding and service levels in 30 foodbank services in regions across the UK, UK, Ireland, and the United States.

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