Meet Jack Monroe.
Jack, 24, is now a trainee journalist, but until recently she was self-employed, reliant on benefits and struggling to make ends meet. This meant she couldn’t afford essentials like heating or food, and she was forced to turn to her local food bank for help, as her total food budget only stretched to ten pounds a week.
Jack thinks there is a lot of hidden poverty in the UK at the moment. She says: “When people see me they don’t think I’m poor. It’s not an assumption people make, they don’t make the connection that you might be in your flat freezing cold missing meals for 3 days on end.”
Today we released a new report on poverty in the UK, which revealed that up to half a million people in this country are receiving food aid - a hidden scandal in which people like Jack cannot afford to feed themselves or their families.
You can read the report and find out how you can help over here.