Food Poverty Report Published

Food Poverty report published

Today sees the unveiling of an All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry report into the reasons behind the growth of Foodbanks in the UK and the problem of food poverty in our communities.  

Salisbury MP John Glen joined colleagues spanning the Westminster divides to visit projects across the UK which help people struggling to feed themselves and their families.  The Inquiry heard from community leaders, front line workers, volunteers and most importantly service users themselves, about the reasons why people find themselves in need of emergency food support.

In June 2014, the APPG group visited Salisbury and our Alabaré Place to see how we are supporting homeless and vulnerable people in our community.  We were able to explain how we support people through the challenges of applying for benefits, help educate people in how to budget and cook healthy food on a low income, and in the case of crisis, help people to receive a food parcel.

Our teams from Alabaré Place and Community 4 also contributed to the Inquiry’s forum and were joined by two service users who had benefited from our support.  Difficulties in applying for benefits, and delays in processing and receipt of benefits were a frequent trigger for food crisis along with rises in utility costs.

Today’s report gives an in-depth look at the evidence presented to the inquiry across the country and the causes of food poverty.  It makes a number of recommendations including the establishment of a national organisation to tackle wastage in the food industry, delays in the benefits system and the empowerment of charities to give practical skills training for those living on low budget.   Other recommendations are directed at utility companies and watchdogs, and the Government themselves to ensure a coordinated approach across all departments.

Andrew Lord, CEO at Alabaré said; “This report is a very positive first step in helping the Government and other decision makers understand some of the underlying problems facing people struggling each day to afford the basic staples.  We support residents and service users everyday to overcome the challenges of surviving on a very low budget but it is incredibly hard.  Our frontline crisis services, supported housing and training programmes are targeted at helping people to get through difficult times and best able to manage their budgets in the future.

 

We look forward to working with the Government and fellow charities in the future to ensure the recommendations of the Inquiry team result in real, positive change for the better.”

You can read the full APPG Food Poverty report by clicking here.

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