As Inflation Hits 30-Year High, Britons Struggle With Food And Energy Price Rise
The Morning Standard|January 24, 2022
Nestled amid superstores at a retail park, the Colchester Foodbank in eastern England last year gave out a total of 165 tonnes of food—enough to feed 17,000 people.

But that could be surpassed this year, as British annual inflation hits a 30-year high of 5.4% in December, as real wages fall, and food and energy costs rise.

“We think we’re likely to feed 20,000 people in 2022,” said foodbank manager Mike Beckett. “If there is a slowdown, and things get worse, it might be as many as 25,000 people.

“That is certainly a bit of a nightmare. Our worst case scenario is maybe 30,000 people.”

About 95% of the produce at the foodbank, run by the Trussell Trust charity, comes from members of the public donating at collection points. But the current economic climate has forced many who wouldn’t need food parcels to seek help.

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