Category Archive

The latest updates from the #EndHungerUK team

Heat or Eat is a choice no one should have to make

August 3, 2018

With the NPower Foundation estimating that 1.6 million people have “self disconnected” in the past 12 months it is clear that too many people are having to chose between food and heating. Annie Oliver, Programme Driector at Feeding Britain writes about the innovative ‘Fuel Bank’ scheme set up in Conrwall to help those who need support.

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Why we need to Fix Universal Credit: a story from Axminster

July 12, 2018

At the launch of our campaign to Fix Universal Credit on 11 July, Aynsley Jones of the independent Axminster Food Bank gave this powerful speech about the impact of Universal Credit and other recent changes on her community. 

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Local welfare schemes are failing people in crisis

May 31, 2018

Crisis support schemes run by local authorities are failing to operate effectively with increasing numbers of destitute people turning instead to food banks and other voluntary agencies for help, according to a new report published by The Children’s Society and the Church of England, an End Hunger UK Partner. Tom Sefton from the Church of England, one of the report’s co-authors, writes more.

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Trussell Trust figures show a record rise in foodbank use

April 25, 2018

This week, people across the food and poverty sector have been reacting to figures showing an alarming growth in the numbers of people needing emergency food aid. This blog highlights some of the key reactions.

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Schools’ efforts to fill holes in safety net

April 23, 2018

One of End Hunger UK’s priorities is ensuring children receive adequate nutrition 365 days a year. Increasingly, schools and teachers are filling the gaps when children in poverty are going without. Lizzie Flew, from End Hunger UK partner organisation Child Poverty Action Group, writes about recent work that they have done with the National Education Union, that shows more and more teachers are spending time and money supporting poor children.

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The Government could do more to help food aid providers

April 17, 2018

There’s just over two weeks to go to sign a petition that could help deliver an extra 238 million meals to people in need across the country. Sue Hayward, Press and PR Manager for End Hunger UK coalition member FareShare, explains why the government should ‘feed people first’.

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We should stop debating and start solving increasing foodbank use

November 22, 2017

Edwina Prayogo from University College London has looked into what is driving hunger of those seeking advice services, legal services and foodbanks. One of the findings of the research was that  3 in 4 of those receiving advice were food insecure – but only 10% use foodbanks. The increased use of foodbanks is only the tip of the iceberg of hunger- which is why Edwina supports End Hunger’s campaign for measurement of food insecurity. In this blog originally for the Trussell Trust, Prayogo takes us through her research.

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Applying the rules of sociological research to tackling hunger in the UK

August 30, 2017

As a social anthropologist, Pat Caplan was more used to working on the impact of food insecurity in Tanzania and South India – but as she saw more stories in the press about hunger in the UK, she decided to use her methods to find out what is driving hunger here. She has recently launched a new blog on food poverty and insecurity, and writes about why she’s launched the blog here.

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What does hunger look like, and how do we solve it?

March 28, 2017

What does hunger in the UK look like, and how do we solve it? The Joseph Rowntree Foundation are one of the leading charities researching UK poverty and its solutions. Chris Goulden, JRF’s deputy director of policy and research, answers these questions.

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What do we know about sanctions and foodbank use?

March 9, 2017

Debate about the increased use of foodbanks over the past few years with explanations ranging from increased supply, welfare reform to rising food prices. One of the reasons End Hunger UK argue for government to measure hunger is to help us better understand those causes. Increasingly there is a strong evidence base collected by many leading food bank providers and poverty charities. Here, Child Poverty Action Group’s Moussa Haddad looks at how evidence in one particular area – the link between benefit sanctions, and food bank use – has developed over the past few years.

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