The need for foodbanks is an unfortunate symptom of the current economic situation in the UK. Over the past few years, the number of people in the UK in need of three-day emergency food
supplies has steadily increased - from 913,138 supplies given by Trussell Trust
in 2013/14 to a record 1,583,668 in 2018/19. This increase equates to a 73 percent increase over the period. Chief among the reasons for use of the banks are low income, delays in receiving benefits and changes to benefits.