A 13% rise in instances of people receiving food parcels from The Trussell Trust from last year… but how much bigger is the problem of household food insecurity in the UK?

Today, The Trussell Trust released their annual count of the number of times that people received food parcels distributed by their network of food banks in the past year. It is a substantial rise from last year’s figures, up by about 13% from 2016-17. In response, The Trussell Trust has raised concerns about the ongoing benefit freeze and the impact of transitions to full-service Universal Credit on food bank use.