Laura Sharman 14 April 2020

Three million people go hungry since lockdown

Three million people go hungry since lockdown image

New figures show that three million adults have gone hungry in the first three weeks of lockdown, with 1.5 million going all day without eating.

A new survey for the Food Foundation and the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission (FFCC) reveals 7.1 million said someone in their household has had to reduce or skip meals because they could not access or afford food.

A fifth of those facing food insecurity did not have enough money to buy adequate food supplies, while half were unable to get the food they needed from the shops due to shortages.

Anna Taylor, executive director of the Food Foundation, said: ‘We cannot rely on food banks to support the millions of people who need emergency food aid during this crisis: it is too big a problem, and urgently requires substantial investment from central government.

’The government must put money in the pockets of families who can’t afford food, and support local authorities to scale up the food response for those who are self-isolating so they can secure enough food to sustain themselves and their children. Other countries are doing this, so can we.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Social Worker - Children in Care

Essex County Council
£30906 - £42254 per annum + + Free on site parking & Benefits Package
Social Worker - Children in CarePermanent Full Time£30,906 to £42,254 per annum plus free on site parkingLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Experienced Social Worker

Northumberland County Council
£32,029 - £35,934
At Northumberland County Council we are proud of our employees, who are... Northumberland
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Social Worker

Northumberland County Council
£32,910
We are seeking suitably qualified experienced social workers with at least 2 years frontline Social Work experience who... Northumberland
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Surveyor

Northumberland County Council
£28,672 - £32,234 per annum
We are looking for an enthusiastic and commercially aware surveyor to join us to undertake a range of interesting and challenging work. Northumberland
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Senior Programme Officer (Transport)

Northumberland County Council
£32,910 - £36,922
As a Senior Programme Officer for strategic transport, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the strategic direction of transport policy for... Northumberland
Recuriter: Northumberland County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue