Social Justice

Food Poverty

Bristol Cathedral is working in partnership with local Bristol food banks and faith partners to draw attention to the issue of food poverty.  We support the 5k partnership and act as a donation point.  If you have food you would like to contribute please bring it to the Cloister entrance of the Cathedral at the back and leave it in the donation point in the lobby of the cafe.  All contributions are distributed to various food banks across the city and are greatly appreciated.  

Partner links 
There are various organisations in Bristol who promote the food agenda more broadly - for example helping people to grow their own food.  See the links below.
Bristol Food Network 
Bristol Food Policy Council 
Bristol City Council manage allotment sites across the city and help people to get an allotment space.  Click here for more information.  
Bristol Local Food directory for those who want to find out more about local suppliers and schemes


  • Government figures, last updated for 2010–11, show that around 13 million people are in poverty in the UK. According to the Food Ethics Council, at least four million of them suffer from food poverty.
  • There is currently no established government measure of food poverty. A recent report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research defined households who have to spend more than 10% of their annual income on food as being in food poverty.
  • The Food Ethics Council states that food poverty means that an individual or household isn’t able to obtain healthy, nutritious food – they have to eat what they can afford, not what they choose to.
  • “A decade of national debt risks being followed by a decade of destitution. Food banks open across the country, teachers report children coming to school hungry; advice services and local authorities prepare for the risks attached to welfare reform. There is evidence of a rising number of people sleeping rough, and destitution is reported with increasing frequency.” Julia Unwin, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • In households which cannot afford an adequate diet for their children, 93% have at least one adult who ‘skimps’ on their own food to try to protect the children. Half a million children are not adequately fed in the UK today, not as a result of negligence but due to a lack of money.” Poverty and Social Exclusion UK