Hidden Hunger

Hidden Hunger (London, 2015)

Hidden Hunger is a book done to break the stereotypes about people living in poverty in the UK, with a particular focus on the struggle of many to get enough food to eat.

In 2014, Oxfam and the food bank organisation the Trussell Trust published their findings that approximately 13 million people were living below the poverty line in the UK (Oxfam, 2014) . According to their report, people “go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected electricity bills or a low income ”.

The Trussell Trust’s food banks have been used over a million times in 2014, a 19% increase on the 12 months prior to this. Additionally, the number of the Trust’s food banks has risen from 66 to 420 in the same period. This figure is expected to continue to increase in the coming months.

In total, there are an estimated 1,500 emergency food assistance providers in Britain . The project’s author visited The Upper Room, Fare Share, Food Cycle and Street Food Bank, all of which are located in London, as research for the book.