Campaign Statistics

Here are some relevant statistics regarding food poverty in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and the UK with the sources provided. Please contact us with any information and statistics you think would be relevant for this page. We will keep updating this page with new information.

Statistic: “The Department of Health has defined food poverty as ‘the inability to afford or to have access to, food to make up a healthy diet’ (Sheffield Food Strategy 2014-2017).”
Source: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/caresupport/health/health-wellbeing-board/joint-health-and-wellbeing-strategy/work-programmes/food-physical-activity.html

Statistic: “The main driver [of food poverty] is lack of income driven by low wages, unemployment, unfair access to the benefit system and poor performance by the benefit system (Sheffield Food Report 2013).”
Source: http://www.vas.org.uk/UserFiles/File/Miscellaneous/Sheffield_Food_Report_NEW.pdf

Statistic: “Around 1 in 5 Sheffield people live in poverty at any one time and the latest data showed that there are around 25,705 children of all ages and almost a third of all children under ten in Sheffield currently living in poverty.” (Sheffield Tackling Poverty Strategy 2015-18).
Source: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/policy–performance/what-we-want-to-achieve/corporate-plan/tackling-inequalities/tackling-poverty-strategy.html

Statistic: Across South Yorkshire there are between 50-60 food banks and emergency food providers (The Diocese of Sheffield Research 2015).
Source: http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/UserFiles/File/PST/Feeding_Britain_Sheffield_Diocese_Report_FOR_PUBLICATION_15Dec17.pdf

Statistic: “Benefit delays, errors and sanctions are cited as the main reason that people are hungry and struggling to eat (The Diocese of Sheffield Research 2015).”
Source: Quoted in http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/feeding-britain-research and relates to: http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/UserFiles/File/PST/Feeding_Britain_Sheffield_Diocese_Report_FOR_PUBLICATION_15Dec17.pdf

Statistic: “Trussell Trust food banks represent only a small proportion of all emergency food provision in Sheffield (4 /15 in Sheffield, 1/24 in Rotherham, 3/11 in Doncaster). The only exception to this being Barnsley, where the development of Council supported provision had led to dominance of 1 large Trussell Trust Foodbank (The Diocese of Sheffield Research 2015).”
Source: http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/UserFiles/File/PST/Feeding_Britain_Sheffield_Diocese_Report_FOR_PUBLICATION_15Dec17.pdf

Statistic: There are different estimates of the number of food banks in Sheffield. Sheffield Food Strategy (2014-2017) estimated “there are currently 16 Food Banks in Sheffield, and a number of other projects and charities which feed, or distribute food to those in need.” Whereas The Diocese of Sheffield Research (2015) estimated there are 15 places providing emergency food provision in Sheffield, 24 in Rotherham, 11 in Doncaster and 1 (but with 12 distribution points) in Barnsley.
Source: http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/UserFiles/File/PST/Feeding_Britain_Sheffield_Diocese_Report_FOR_PUBLICATION_15Dec17.pdf and https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/caresupport/health/health-wellbeing-board/joint-health-and-wellbeing-strategy/work-programmes/food-physical-activity.html

Statistic: In early 2010, there there were only three food banks in Sheffield (Sheffield Fairness Commission Report 2013).
Source: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/policy–performance/fairness-commission.html

Statistic: “In the UK, it is estimated that approximately 4 million people are currently living in food poverty. This equates to approximately 40,000 people in Sheffield… It is [also] estimated that over 30,000 people in Sheffield are malnourished (Sheffield Food Strategy 2014-2017).”
Source: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/caresupport/health/health-wellbeing-board/joint-health-and-wellbeing-strategy/work-programmes/food-physical-activity.html

Statistic: “Food prices have risen 12% in real terms over the last 5 years (Sheffield Food Strategy 2014-2017).”
Source: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/caresupport/health/health-wellbeing-board/joint-health-and-wellbeing-strategy/work-programmes/food-physical-activity.html

Statistic: “Latest Trussell Trust figures show a 2% increase in foodbank use on the previous year with 1,109,309 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis by our network of 424 foodbanks in 2015/16. Of this number, 415,866 went to children. Trussell Trust data shows that benefit delays and changes remain the biggest causes of foodbank use, accounting for 42 percent of all referrals (28 percent benefit delay; 14 percent changes), a slight reduction on last year’s 44 percent. Low income has risen as a referral cause from 22 percent to 23 percent (Trussell Trust 2016).”
Source: https://www.trusselltrust.org/2016/04/15/foodbank-use-remains-record-high/

Statistic: Compare this with the statistic that between 1st of April 2011- 31st of March 2012, Trussell Trust gave out “128,697 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis”. (Trussel Trust 2012).
Source: https://www.trusselltrust.org/2016/04/15/foodbank-use-remains-record-high/

Statistic: “According to a recent survey, 96 percent of Trussell Trust foodbanks now offer additional services to help people break out of crisis faster and reduce the need for repeat referrals, such as legal advice, clothing banks, housing support and welfare advice. 63 percent of foodbanks partner with local charities and agencies in their community to provide these services, and The Trussell Trust increasingly supports foodbanks to provide on-site debt and money advice, fuel banks and budget cookery courses. The charity is rolling out its Martin Lewis funded debt and money advice programme in 30 more foodbanks this year (Trussell Trust 2016).”
Source: https://www.trusselltrust.org/2016/04/15/foodbank-use-remains-record-high/

Statistic: “Every year we distribute over 3,000 free food bags. Every week, around 60 individuals and families are helped. Social isolation is reduced by the weekly cafe, which offers a place of belonging (Fir Vale Food Bank in Sheffield Food Report 2013).
Source: http://www.vas.org.uk/UserFiles/File/Miscellaneous/Sheffield_Food_Report_NEW.pdf

Statistic: “The first comprehensive study into destitution in the UK has revealed that 1.25 million people, including over 300,000 children, are destitute, the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation announced today (Josepth Rowntree Foundation 2016).”
Source: https://www.jrf.org.uk/press/destitute-uk

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