Universal Credit leaves kids so hungry that a school is opening a food bank

Child with her head in hands and food bank food
Support us and go ad-free

A Middlesbrough school has opened a food bank to feed pupils. It fears many will go hungry when Universal Credit rolls out in the area. There are growing concerns that more and more people will need to turn to food banks under the Conservatives’ controversial policy.

“We don’t want hungry children”

Teesside Live reported that Outwood Academy in Ormesby will open a pop-up food bank in the school for six weeks. It will do this “to ease the transition”.

Craig Wright, the school’s assistant principal, said:

We know that Universal Credit will affect our families in our community and the six-week wait especially will mean lots of our families will suffer in that time with a lack of resources.

And as the school principal, Angela Sweeten, explained:

We don’t want hungry children…

Our concern was we will have families with no provision for potentially six weeks. This is about our community.

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

People on social media expressed shock about the news and the role played by this Conservative government:


More schools might need to open food banks. Because new research by the Trussell Trust established that “issues with benefits” are the biggest reason for food-bank referrals. It’s already seen a 13% rise in food-bank use between April 2017 and March 2018. But its latest research found a direct link to the controversial benefit:

When Universal Credit goes live in an area, there is a demonstrable increase in demand in local Trussell Trust foodbanks. On average, 12 months after rollout, foodbanks see a 52% increase in demand… This increase cannot be attributed to randomness and exists even after accounting for seasonal and other variations.

As the report explains, three million more people are due to move onto Universal Credit. For many, this makes “an already bad situation worse”. Because it leads to:

families facing eviction, parents skipping meals and people in insecure work struggling to afford the bus fare to work.

It anticipates a further rise in food-bank use “but on a scale not yet seen”.

It’s truly shocking that a school needs to open a food bank. But what is more worrying is that this may be the first of many.

Universal Credit is a disaster. If the Conservatives won’t stop it, then we need to demand that Labour stops its flip-flop approach to insist once and for all that it will end this brutal benefit.

Get Involved!

– Fight for change and fight to get rid of this vicious Tory government.

– Support The Canary if you appreciate the work we do.

Featured images via Bromford/Flickr and Pixabay

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed