Lockdown, Lifelines and the Long Haul Ahead: The Impact of Covid-19 on Food Banks in the Trussell Trust Network [open pdf - 0B]
From the Executive Summary: "Well before Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] hit the UK, food banks in the Trussell Trust network had been seeing year-on-year increases in levels of need, with 1.9 million emergency food parcels given out in 2019/20. Previous research has found that the overwhelming majority of people using food banks in the Trussell Trust network are destitute and, even before the pandemic, the number of people struggling to make ends meet was increasing. This crisis has landed after years of stagnant wages and frozen, capped working age benefits - leaving those on the lowest incomes vulnerable to income shocks."
Trussell Trust: https://www.trusselltrust.org/