• Mapping the UK's Independent Food Banks

    At least 801 independent food banks operate across the UK today

  • Since February 2017, IFAN's Sabine Goodwin has been working to identify independent food banks providing food parcels outside of the Trussell Trust network. Results from this research, reported in The Guardian and other national newspapers, revealed that there were at least 651 independent food banks operating across Britain in May 2017.


    With work continuing, Sabine has by now identified a further 150 food banks, bringing the total number of independents to at least 801. This equates to 39.3% of the total number of UK food banks with the Trussell Trust network currently extending to 1235.

    This research has been vital in bringing attention to the true scale of food poverty in the UK while also raising the profile of independent food aid providers. It is also the start of a wider project to map all emergency food aid provision across the UK including emergency meal providers. We estimate that, across the UK, there are at least 2,000 independent food aid providers operating in addition to a total of at least 2,036 food banks.

    Above all, we would like to see national monitoring of household food insecurity as part of an effort to stop the normalisation of emergency food aid provision within the UK. This is why we wholeheartedly support Emma Lewell-Buck's Food Insecurity Bill through our work with End Hunger UK. Its 2nd Reading has now been further delayed.


    Some of the reports on this project can be found here:
    The Guardian: Report reveals scale of food bank use in the uk
    Independent: Hundreds of hidden food banks reveal true scale of food poverty in UK
    Local Government.co.uk: Study reveals hundreds more food banks than previously recorded
    Unite: hidden food banks - food poverty higher than estimated under Tories

    Food Poverty, what we don't know

    The Unfolding Disaster of 'Hidden Hunger' in Britain's Adults


    The results of this research can be seen on our map of independent food banks and food bank style projects above. Some food banks/food bank style projects prefer to keep their locations anonymous - these venues are counted but not mapped. The list/map is routinely updated.

    If you represent an independent food bank or food bank style project that's not been included so far we'd like to hear from you - please contact Sabine Goodwin at ifanconnect@gmail.com.


    If you would like to make reference to this mapping work in any publication or report please credit Sabine Goodwin on behalf of the Independent Food Aid Network.


    Although we advocate on behalf independent food banks and other food aid providers we are not directly linked to these organisations unless they are members of our network. We are not in a position to refer individuals for food aid assistance and our map of independent food banks is for research purposes and doesn't include opening times/contact details.

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