Let’s put to rest – once and for all – any claims by Tory ministers that people use food banks in order not to have to pay for groceries at the supermarket like everybody else:

Food insecurity and malnutrition in the UK is a much wider problem than has been recognised, according to experts from the University of Manchester, according to Benefits and Work.

They also found that the main reason for referring a person to a foodbank was a delay in benefit payments.

Dr Kingsley Purdam says the demand for foodbanks is underestimated with large numbers of people thought to be at risk of malnutrition in the UK. Many older people also face food insecurity. The rapid growth in the number of foodbanks and food donation points in supermarkets suggests a ‘normalisation’ of food aid.

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