The sky-rocketing price of food in the UK is a big worry for the vast majority of Britons as the cost of living crisis deepens, new research by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has found.
More than three quarters of people (76 per cent) responding to an FSA survey said that rising food prices were a “major future concern” for them.
Individuals living with long-term health conditions, women, and people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds were more likely to express anxiety about the cost of food, the study found.
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The number of people relying on food banks in order to survive has rapidly increased over the last year, the study found, with one in six (15 per cent) people using a food bank in March this year, compared to one in ten (9 per cent) in the previous year.
Similarly, data from The Trussell Trust published in April shows that the number of food parcels given out by the charity has risen 14 per cent in the last year, compared to the year before the pandemic.
Food banks across the UK have said that they are rapidly running out of food, with some forced to ration what they give out and use financial reserves as donations continue to drop.