A study by Eliments, window, door, and conservatory installers, looked into the frequency of searches for food banks (and related words) in 95 locations in the UK over the past year.
In York, there were an average of 1698 monthly searches, approximately 57 searches per day.
When considering York’s population of 201,672, this translates to 842 searches per 100,000 people, the highest in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Eliments MD Danny Hogan said: “It’s disheartening to see the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on people, but it’s equally uplifting to witness the community response in helping those in need.
“It feels like just yesterday when the entire country came together to support each other during the pandemic, and it’s heartening to see that this community spirit still exists.”
Danny offered this advice for food bank users: “Plan Regular Visits: Plan your visits regularly to ensure a consistent and reliable source of food support. This helps in managing your resources effectively and reduces the risk of running out of essential supplies.
“Diversify Your Meals with Creativity: Food banks offer a variety of items, and sometimes the selection may be limited. Get creative with your meal planning to make the most out of the available ingredients. Experiment with different recipes and cooking methods to ensure a diverse and balanced diet for you and your family.
“Build a Support Network: Connect with others in your community who may be facing similar challenges. Building a support network can involve sharing information about resources, exchanging tips on budgeting and cooking, and providing emotional support. Collective efforts can make the experience of using food banks more manageable.”