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MONTHLY STATS: 63% INCREASE IN FOOD PARCELS DURING MAY VERSUS LAST YEAR

5th June 2020

TODAY WE ARE RELEASING OUR FIGURES FOR THE NUMBER OF FOOD PARCELS PROVIDED BY SLOUGH FOODBANK DURING 1 – 31 MAY 2020, COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 2019.

Total number of food parcels: 553, a 63% increase

Number of adults: 369, a 68% increase

Number of children: 184, a 55% increase

 

On the 1st May we published a news release highlighting that Slough Foodbank reported an increase in food poverty and demand for emergency food parcels for the months January to March 2020, above the national figures. See the news release.

 

Slough Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust Network who have recently published a press release highlighting that April was the busiest month ever for UK foodbanks. Sadly, Slough Foodbank is significantly higher than the national averages as the table below shows. Also for Slough Foodbank, March was actually our busiest month with a total of 717 people helped of which 417 were adults and 300 children this was an increase of 112% of total people fed versus March 2019.

 

Key stats April 2020 (compared with April 2019)

% increase

Slough Foodbank

% increase Trussell Trust National network
People helped 123% 89%
Children helped 178% 107%

 

We published our April figures on 13th May. See the news release.

 

In response to this unprecedented national crisis, A coalition of charities, including the Trussell Trust, IFAN, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), Children’s Society, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), StepChange and Turn2us, is urging the government to act quickly in providing a stronger lifeline to people to prevent many from being swept into destitution. They are calling for funding for local authorities in England to ensure grants are quickly distributed to help people stay afloat as part of a temporary Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme. Read the full press release here:

Read Trussell Trust’s news release.

 

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