Mapping the UK's Independent Food Banks
There are at least 961 independent food banks operating across the UK.
If you'd like further information regarding our list of independent food banks please contact Sabine Goodwin at email@example.com.
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 a further 310 more food banks have been identified, bringing the total number of independents to at least 961. This equates to over 40% of the combined total of independent and Trussell Trust food banks with the Trussell Trust network currently extending to 1,393. There is a total of at least 2,354 Trussell Trust and independent food banks operating across the UK.
The definition of a food bank or food bank style project for the purposes of this research is a venue which regularly gives out emergency food parcels at least once a week. The list is routinely updated.
Our list does not include food aid currently distributed by local authorities, Salvation Army centres or food banks run from schools, universities or hospitals. We estimate that there are more than 3,000 independent frontline food aid providers usually operating outside of the food bank model.
If you'd like to find out more about independent food banks in your constituency and how to campaign for change please find more information here.
Although IFAN supports and advocates on behalf of 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.
If you would like to make reference to this mapping work in any publication or report please contact Sabine Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Independent Food Aid Network.
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. The list has been recently used to collate emergency food parcel distribution data from across the UK as well as for a study of 114 independent food banks operating across England.