The hunger problem in Camden

  • Many people in the London Borough of Camden cannot afford adequate nutrition for themselves and their families. Some of them are forced to skip meals or make stark choices between food and other basic needs like heating.
  • Food poverty should not exist in a leading capital city in the 21st Unfortunately it does and it’s getting worse.  The Trussell Trust, which runs 445 food banks across the UK, confirmed that over one million people received supplies in the year 2014-15 – an increase of 19% on the previous year – and that 400,000 of them were children.
  • The number one reason for having to turn to a foodbank is a delay in receiving state benefits. This is followed by low income and changes to benefit entitlements, but there can be other reasons like long-term sickness or debts.
  • The borough of Camden ranks 7th of all 32 London boroughs in terms of the number of families depending on emergency food packets. Source: Ham & High 9th January 2015.
  • The Camden Foodbank reported a tenfold increase in clients between 2012/13 and 2015/16. During 2015/16 they collected and distributed nearly 30 tons of food to over 3,000 people in need – more than double the number in next-door Haringey.