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175% increase in UK emergency food parcel distribution

The UK’s Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) reports that its members have distributed 175% more emergency food parcels during April 2020 than during April 2019. The data covers 112 organisations operating 213 independent food banks across the UK. The number of people supported by or referred to these food banks was 132% greater when comparing across the same time periods. 

IFAN also describes the changes that food banks have made to their operations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, including preparing larger food parcels to reduce face-to-face contact, recruiting more volunteers and operating in new venues, and running new delivery services. 

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