Britain bolsters food banks amid growing insecurity — Analysis
Three in four UK customers now own it “major future concerns”The Food Standards Agency has confirmed Tuesday that they are concerned about food prices. Responding by “urgently”Collaborating with charitable organizations and donors to boost supplies to food banks.
Newest data from the FSA – which operates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – says that 76% of UK consumers are concerned about the rising prices of food. The agency’s research also showed that the number of people using food banks or charities has drastically increased in the span of a year, going from 9% in March 2021 to 15% in March 2022.
A March survey showed that one fifth of Britons are skipping meals or reducing their portions because they lack the money to purchase food.
“In the face of the immediate pressures on people struggling to buy food, food banks are playing a vital role in our communities,”Susan Jebb, chair of FSA, stated in a statement. “We are urgently working with industry and other major donors, and food bank charities, to look at what more we can do together to ensure that food which is safe to eat can be redistributed to people who can benefit from this support.”
Food banks are a short-term solution, but they can also be lifesaving. “governments and regulators must also look more widely at other ways to enable people to reliably access safe and healthy food in the long term,”Jebb also added.
One of the groups the FSA is working with is WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), a nonprofit focused on “changing the way we use and re-use natural resources”Climate change. The guide was published by them together. “surplus food redistribution”In 2020.
“We estimate that more than 200,000 tonnes of surplus food could still be redistributed each year. So, by working together we can increase the redistribution of this food, which will also reduce the environmental impact of our food and help achieve a thriving UK food system for all,” the group’s CEO, Marcus Gover, said on Tuesday.
Rising inflation and supply problems – exacerbated by anti-Russian sanctions in relation to the conflict in Ukraine – have contributed to a surge in the cost of living in the UK. Wealthier Britons may be looking for places that have more money, while others are flocking to food banks.
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