It is customary for us in April to review our figures from the last financial year and see how usage of our foodbank has changed compared to previous years. Of course, in 2021 we were still affected by disruptions from the pandemic but, nevertheless, there are still some clear trends that we can see.
5,784 food parcels distributed in 2021/22
Between April 2021 and March 2022, Islington Foodbank distributed 5,784 food parcels, including 1,804 for children. Overall, this was an increase of 1,121 parcels compared to the year before.
The bigger picture
Across the UK, Trussell Trust data now clearly shows that there has been an acceleration of need for emergency food parcels at food banks within the Trussell Trust network since October 2021:
- For the first time outside of the Covid-19 pandemic year (2020/21), food banks in the Trussell Trust network have distributed over 2.1 million food parcels in 2021/22. This represents an 81% increase from the same period five years ago and a 14% increase from 2019-20.
- Food banks in the Trussell Trust network altogether have experienced an acceleration of need since October 2021. There was a 17% increase in the number of parcels distributed in October-December 2021 compared to the same period in 2019, and a 22% increase from January-February 2022 compared to the same period in 2020.