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The Greater Manchester Context

Please use these facts to raise awareness and knowledge of the severity of food poverty with your colleagues and through your networks.

You could send these as email updates in the lead up to or during the week, use the facts in briefings and speeches or include them on your email footers.

Four out of five teachers say some of their pupils are coming to school hungry

Source: Hard to Swallow, The Facts about Food Poverty by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR)

15% of people in Greater Manchester skip meals because they do not have enough money to spend on food

Source: Greater Manchester Poverty Commission

One in five people in the region have cut down on buying as much fruit and vegetables because they cannot afford them

Source: Greater Manchester Poverty Commission

One in 10 people in Greater Manchester said they skipped meals so a family member could eat  the joint highest number in the Uk along with Glasgow and Birmingham

Source: Greater Manchester Poverty Commission

38% of children in Manchester are in poverty the second highest rate for any local authority area in the UK

Source: http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/why-end-child-poverty/poverty-in-your-...

15% of people in Greater Manchester said they had to borrow money to buy food the highest proportion of all places surveyed in the UK by Kellogg's

Source: Manchester Evening News

Over one in five residents live in the 10 most deprived areas nationally

Source: Greater Manchester Poverty Commission

Almost 270 000 residents are workless with incomes dependent on state benefits

Source: Greater Manchester Poverty Commission

An estimated 137 000 residents are in work but earn less than a Living wage

Source: Greater Manchester Poverty Commission

The Trussell Trust currently runs 17 food banks in Greater Manchester the charity has plans to open more to meet demand

Source: Manchester Evening News

For further reading please go to:

  • Food Poverty and Food Bank referrals: Research and survey results from the work of Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau Service, 2013
  • Trussell Trust News 16.4.2014  Latest food bank figures top 900,000: Life has got worse not better for poorest in 2013/14, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. http://www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-figures-top-900000
  • The Greater Manchester Poverty Commission Recommendations Report 15 January 2013
  • Hard to Swallow Facts About Food Poverty Report 2013: Report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) on behalf of Kelloggs
  • The lies we tell ourselves: ending comfortable myths about poverty: A report from the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church
  • Walking the Breadline Report, OXFAM & Church Action on Poverty, May 2013
  • Child Poverty in 2012, It shouldn't happen here: Report by Save the Children