• Independent food banks and increased need for emergency
    food parcels since the outbreak of COVID-19

     

    IFAN has been collating data from independent food banks since the Autumn of 2018. Since the onset of COVID-19, we've been able to collate emergency food parcel distribution figures from independent food banks and other food aid providers operating across the UK.

  • Independent Food Banks in the UK:
    February - November 2019 & 2020

     

    Published: 22nd December, 2020
     

    Again, independent food banks operating across the UK have continued to see unprecedented increases in need for emergency food parcels through November 2020. 83 independent food banks (of a total of at least 961 UK-wide) distributed a total of 354,613 emergency food parcels from February to November 2020 compared to 168,560 emergency food parcels from February to November 2019 - a rise of 110% rise. You can read the full report here.

    Figure Below: Percentage change in the number of emergency food parcels distributed by 83 UK independent food banks 2019 and 2020

    Independent Food Banks in the UK:
    February - October 2019 & 2020

     

    Published: 11th December, 2020
     

    Our latest figures collated from independent food banks operating across the UK demonstrate continuing unprecedented increases in need for emergency food parcels. 134 independent food banks distributed a total of 426,958 emergency food parcels between February and October 2020 compared to 226,605 emergency food parcels in the same period last year - a rise of 88%. You can read the full report here.

    Figure below: Percentage change in the number of emergency food parcels distributed by 134 UK independent food banks in 2019 and 2020

    Independent Food Banks in Scotland:
    February - July 2019 & 2020

     

     

    Published: 8th September, 2020

     

    Scotland’s independent food banks reported at least doubling in need for emergency food parcels compared to last year’s April to July figures. At least 182,863 emergency food parcels were distributed by 70 independent food banks in Scotland between February and July 2020. This report looks at data from independent food banks in Scotland comparing February to July 2019 with February to July 2020. The full report can be read here.

    Figure below: Number of 3-day emergency food parcels distributed by independent food banks in Scotland (Feb - July in 2019 and 2020)

    Independent Food Banks in the UK:
    February - May 2019 & 2020

     

     

    Published: 9th July, 2020

     

    IFAN independent food banks reported a 177% increase in number of 3-day emergency food parcels distributed comparing May 2019 with May 2020. This UK-wide report looks at data collated from 100 organisations operating 191 independent food banks operating across England, Scotland and Wales and able to provide data for both February to May 2019 and February to May 2020. Comparing the months May 2019 and May 2020, independent food banks have seen a 177% increase in the number of emergency food parcels distributed. Data contributed by a further 34 organisations running 47 independent food parcel distribution venues were also analysed. Read the full report here.

    Figure below: No of emergency food parcels distributed by independent food banks in England, Scotland and Wales in Feb-May 2019/20

    Independent Food Banks in the UK:
    February - April 2019 & 2020

     

     

    Published: 3rd June, 2020

     

    IFAN independent food banks reported a 175% increase in number of 3-day emergency food parcels distributed comparing April 2019 with April 2020 analysing a different data set. This report looked at data collated from 112 organisations operating 213 independent food banks operating across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and able to provide figures for both February to April 2019 and February to April 2020. Comparing the months April 2019 and April 2020, independent food banks have seen a 175% increase in the number of emergency food parcels distributed. Read the full report.

    Figure below: No of emergency food parcels distributed by UK independent food banks Feb-April 2019 and 2020

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