The amount of people being forced to rely on food banks has witnessed a dramatic increase in the past three years, clearly illustrating the extent to which rising living costs have affected Brits across the country.
The number of struggling Britons who are dependent on food banks has risen by 395% in the past three years, from 26,000 to 128,697.
The report, which was compiled by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), estimates that the number of people turning to food banks for help will reach over 280,000 by the middle of next year.
It also highlighted that a staggering 4.7 million Brits can be described as living in ‘food poverty’, a term which is defined as having no choice but to put more than 10% of household income towards food.
The CEBR put this down to inflation and austerity measures, pointing to rising food prices, job losses and changes in benefits in particular.
Children are suffering as a result of such measures, with four out of five teachers informing the report that some of their pupils are coming to school hungry.
Chris Mould, chairman of foodbank charity Trussell Trust, called for urgent Government action to resolve the problem of food poverty in Britain.
“The research reflects what Trussell Trust foodbanks are experiencing on the ground: every day we’re meeting mothers who are skipping meals to feed their children, or people forced to choose between paying the bills or buying food,” he said.
The average annual cost of food shopping is estimated to soar even further in the next five years, taking it from £2,940 to an estimated £3,297 by 2017.