Himmah Foodbank

Foodbank users in the UK have shot up by 50% in the last three years according to Statista.

Following three years of research, they have found a rise from 1.9 million to 2.9 million.

“The pressure on food banks is at an all time high” – James Rutherford, himmah foodbank

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that food and non-alcoholic beverage prices were 19% higher in March 2023 than they were in March 2021.

This means families across the country are struggling to put food on the table, seeking help from food banks such as the Trussell Trust who have provided nearly three million emergency food packages since the beginning of the year.

Himmah food bank staff and volunteers

It’s a similar story for Himmah food bank in Nottingham where staff have seen an increase of nearly 400% in the number of packages they are sending out to recipients in need of aid.

James Rutherford, the project co-ordinator at the Himmah food bank, has stated that they were worried about the food bank as the amount of donations is “decreasing due to the cost of living crisis” as people have less spare food they are able to donate.

He added that “the pressure on food banks is at an all time high”

Sam has been using the Himmah foodbank for a year, and expressed his gratitude to the foundation who have supported him and his family with food packages throughout the lockdown in 2020 until today.

Himmah food bank stock room

He speaks on how they are an “important part of the community” however he went on to say he was worried that they would not be able to keep up this supply due to the increased demand.

 

In June 2020 the UK government pledged “sixty-three million pounds to local authorities to help provide food and aid to people in need.” However since then the inflation within the food industry has meant that the pressure is higher than ever.

Arka Perrin reports, CBJ news.