A study into food banks has revealed a shocking insight into the UK’s poverty crisis affects an extremely high amount of people with disabilities or mental health issues.
People are referred to food banks when they face extreme financial insecurity.
Due to the unfair shame and stigma attached to receiving help, a study conducted by the University of Oxford found that four in five people who use food banks go hungry multiple times throughout the year.
The research also finds that half of households referred to food banks include a disabled person, while mental health problems affect people in 1 in 3 households.
The research, commissioned by The Trussell Trust, which runs a network of over 420 food banks in the UK, this is the single biggest nationwide study on food bank use to date.
It involved more than 400 households referred to food banks, and collected data on demographics, income levels, living conditions, health, and food insecurity.
Trussel Trust say the study provides unparalleled detail about both the circumstances of people referred to food banks.