Food banks are becoming increasingly important as the UK is faced with the cost-of-living crisis and the energy crisis, due to rising costs. Households are struggling to make ends meet and as food prices rise many are struggling to feed themselves and their families.

Food Banks are an important way to make sure people are getting the food they need. These not-for-profit, charitable organisations run throughout the UK giving out food to those who need it the most. With more and more people turning towards food banks due to the cost-of-living crisis, the need for them is increasing.

Food Banks are an important way to make
sure people are getting the food they need.

Not only does the cost-of-living crisis make food banks important organisations for feeding our communities, but they are also an excellent way of helping to combat climate change. Around 900 million tonnes of food is thrown away each year worldwide, creating 8-10% of the global greenhouse gas emissions. Most of the food that is thrown away is perfectly edible or because it has been forgotten at the bottom of a cupboard.

This is why food banks are important, as they give people an opportunity to stop food going to waste. With a larger proportion of people using food banks, the organisations depend on donations made from the public. Therefore, if you know you aren’t going to use a certain food product and it is still perfectly fine to consume, then consider donating it to a food bank. This means that you have prevented food going to landfill, where it will contribute to climate change, and you have also helped to feed someone that is struggling during the crisis we are facing.