Emily O'Brien

Emily O'Brien

Emily O'Brien is the Food Partnership's Project Manager

Annual survey reveals more people are turning to food banks in city

Government vouchers worth over £900 per child to support families are unclaimed in city

BHFP report reveals a growing number of families with three children or more in Brighton and Hove are sinking into food poverty.


 What do our food banks think about the city report into inequality and poverty
New schemes to stop children from low-income families going hungry through the summer holidays.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership are calling on all organisations in the city who come into contact with vulnerable people to ask a simple question about food poverty.

Today we release new figures showing a continued increase in food poverty in the city, including a further growth in food bank use.

We are mid way through the summer holidays, and for some children it's not all fun and games at all. For these children the holidays are 6 weeks without a free school meal, which many rely on for their main nutritional meal of the day.  For parents, it can be a struggle to find extra money to pay for food.

Never mind the human and social cost, food poverty has a financial cost too. If people can't afford to eat healthily, they become overweight, underweight or simply badly nourished. We know this leads to poor health, and greater costs to the NHS.

Two weeks ago I attended a fascinating event, 'Feeding Manchester', and this week saw the publication of 'Feeding Britain', the highly publicised and already controversial report from the All Parliamentary Inquiry on hunger in Britain.

What came across from both was that as a society we are at a crossroads. We need to collectively decide whether or not we want to move to a system like that in the USA, where 1 in 7 Americans rely on food banks, and whether or not we accept "the terrifying idea that hunger is here to stay".