Section 6: Food Poverty


Table 6.1

Food Aid Stats for Leeds 2014* 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 Annual Change 2017/18-2018/19


Annual Change 2017/18-2018/19


The number of times people have benefitted from Foodbanks. 20,514 25,168 26,831 27,902 33,645


+5,743 +21%
Number of meals given out from Drop ins and Street Outreaches. 56,481 54,546 60,474 81,024 104,074


+23,050 +28%
Number of food parcels given out informally. 12,948 15,987 15,681 13,715 15,613


+1,898 +14%
*2014 data is not available at the same 12 month period for an exact annual comparison; however this table provides an indication of annual demand for emergency food provision across Leeds.

Source: Leeds Food Aid Network (FAN), September 2019

Leeds FAN helps bring different people, initiatives and institutions together who are involved in tackling food poverty in Leeds. There are 6 foodbanks covering 23 distribution centres. To add to this there are 11 drop ins / soup kitchens, 10 Street Outreaches, 2 specialised services providing food for Asylum seekers / Refugees, a number of informal parish pantries and certain forms of Social Enterprise run on a community café/pay as you feel model e.g. The Real Junk Food Project.

FareShare Yorkshire – part of Leeds FAN – prioritises getting food distributed to where it is needed using the skills, abilities and resources originally set up by the national organisation FareShare UK.  FareShare takes surplus food from the food industry and distributes it fairly to different food aid providers.  Latest figures reveal:

  • 33,645 people have accessed a foodbank in 2018/19. This is a 21% increase on 2017/18.
  • 104,074 meals were given out through a drop in or through Street Outreach. Food provision via this route increased by 28% from  2017/18.
  • 15,613 food parcels were given out informally via street outreach, soup kitchens, parish pantries etc.