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There has been a dramatic rise in the use of food banks. Almost 3 million last year, 760,000 people used food banks for the first time last year.
The surge in people using food banks
You may be surprised to discover the group using food banks the most. Single, white, men.
The question is why.
Given that people of white ethnicity earn up to 21.7% more per hour in parts of the UK than people from ethnic minorities (ONS, 2019),and the gender wage gap lies at approximately 8.9% (ONS, 2019), what is it about the system that is failing these men? Has it just been a tough couple of years with Covid raging war on society, causing everyone to face new challenges? Or does it go deeper than that?
Perhaps it relates to decades of white working-class pupils being ‘swept under the rug’ and forgotten during their educational years (Coughlan, 2021)? Were they not given the opportunities others were to develop themselves early on?
The causation is hard to depict, but if we want to help those nearly 3 million people, it’s worth diving deeper into the story in order to understand, exactly, what is failing food bank users.
Coughlan, S., 2021. Poorer white pupils let down and neglected – MPs. BBC News.
Ons.gov.uk. 2019. Ethnicity pay gaps in Great Britain – Office for National Statistics.
Ons.gov.uk. 2019. Gender pay gap in the UK – Office for National Statistics.
Raj, K., 2021. UK’s Independent Food Banks: A Lifeline in a Year of Crisis. HumanRights Watch.
The Trussell Trust. 2023. The Trussell Trust – End of Year Stats
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