In the most basic terms, these are people with many overlapping reasons
They have been missing meals, often for days at a time, going without heating and electricity. One in five had slept rough in recent months.
They are at the lowest end of the low-income spectrum, with an average income below £320 per month, described as living in “extreme financial vulnerability”.
These are usually people of working age, middle-aged rather than young or old, mostly living in rented accommodation.
About five out of six are without a job and depending on benefits.
But among those in employment, this is usually unpredictable, insecure work, with an unreliable income.
The best inoculation against needing a food bank seems to be a full-time permanent job. Taken from a BBC report