Food poverty and insecurity has skyrocketed since the pandemic and people in poverty have been disproportionately affected due to being more vulnerable to serious disease, loss of unemployment and job insecurity and loss of access to free services.
In addition to the huge increase in food banks and food aid organisations, people in poverty have been hit hard by the cut in universal credit and rise of inflation. A report in January 2022 highlighted that the impact of the pandemic continues to have the worst impact on people who have the least – this situation will worsen once rising energy prices come into effect later in the year. Poverty is also intrinsically linked to poorer health outcomes. There has never been a more urgent need for our work.