Young people and foodbanks

YMCA England has published Food for Thought, an insight into why young people in England access foodbanks.

Key points include that:

  • 88 percent of YMCAs participating in the research now have to refer young people to foodbanks and 79 percent of those do so as a direct result of delays in receiving benefit payments and punitive sanctions;
  • 76 percent of YMCAs referring to foodbanks said that referrals had increased in the past year, with 40 percent saying that they had increased significantly; and
  • In most cases, those being referred by YMCAs were young people living in supported accommodation.

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