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Increasing number of ‘newly hungry’ rely on foodbanks

Food aid charities have warned of the emergence of a “newly hungry” group of people who previously enjoyed good jobs and comfortable incomes who are now turning to food banks and welfare benefits for the first time during the pandemic.

A report by Feeding Britain and the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) found that an influx of new middle-class families, who had not previously worried about putting food on the table were relying on their members’ services.

Research from before Covid-19 showed that the majority of those using food banks were extremely poor or destitute. The widening demographic of users seen in recent months reveals the hard-hitting socio-economic consequences of the Covid-19 crisis.

The report suggested that the rise had come from people falling through gaps in the social support system, an increased strain on families, and huge changes in the jobs market.

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