New research published in July of this year gives the clearest insight yet into who is accessing foodbanks across Britain.

The research, led by Oxford University on behalf of the Trussell Trust, explores variables such as age, income, gender and household type, to identify which groups access foodbanks across the UK, and the reasons for them needing to. The research found that lone parents and their children were the largest group needing support from foodbanks, but that single male households accessed the foodbank more than any other group-findings that are sadly replicated at Knowsley Foodbank.

The report also addressed issues other than food-50% of foodbank users nationally had gone without heating for more than four days in the previous twelve months, a problem that Knowsley Council and Knowsley Foodbank aim to address through the Emergency Support Scheme.

Foodbank Manager Sue Torpey said "we welcome this report which gives balance and objectivity to an issue that sadly is often misrepresented and misunderstood. Sadly, the findings of the report chime with our own experience here in Knowsley. We will continue to work with our partners and the wider community to support people in food crisis in Knowsley, whilst praying for the day when the underlying causes are addressed and food is once again within the means of all."

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