Frank Field MP
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5.3 million people in the UK at risk of being hungry

06 May 2016
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Commenting on the estimate by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation of the number of people in the United Kingdom who are at risk of being hungry, Frank Field MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Hunger, said:

‘This is a major contribution to the debate on hunger in our country. We now know for the first time the scale of the challenge confronting the nation, to ensure all of us can afford to buy and eat a decent meal without needing to rely on food banks. As things stand, there are potentially five million people who are just one large bill away from needing to use a food bank.

‘The APPG is working with the UK Statistics Authority to set up a way of measuring each year the numbers of families at risk of being without food, and, crucially, the reasons why. Such a development is so crucial if we are to secure the appropriate reform programme to not only reduce the length of food bank queues, but also to eradicate hunger in its entirety from our shores.’

The data show that 5.3 million people aged 15 and over in the United Kingdom in 2014, were estimated to be ‘food insecure’. This means they were either: experiencing hunger, skipping meals out of financial necessity, cutting down on the quantity and/or quality of food consumed out of financial necessity, or worrying about whether they could afford to buy food.

The data show also that, within this group, 2.3 million people were estimated to have experienced hunger in 2014.

The data show also that, in total, 8.4 million people lived in households where at least one person aged 15 and over was estimated to be ‘food insecure’.

The full set of data can be found at

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hunger recently published two reports calling on the Government to monitor the numbers of people in the United Kingdom who are at risk of being hungry. The reports can be found at's%20not-so-hidden%20hunger.pdf; and


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