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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of households receiving assistance from West Cheshire Foodbank in 2013

From: Please sir, I want some more: an exploration of repeat foodbank use

   Number of households (n) Proportion of households (%) Mean annual visits
Age group a 17–24 300 14.1 2.5
25–64 1783 83.8 3.6
65 and older 45 2.1 2.9
Rooflessness status Housed 2038 95.8 3.4
Roofless 90 4.2 3.6
Household type One person 1312 61.7 3.7
Couple, no children 188 8.8 2.9
Couple parent with children 363 17.1 3.1
Lone parent with children 224 10.5 2.8
Other b household type 41 1.9 2.5
Reason for referral Benefit change 386 18.1 3.3
Benefit delay 827 38.9 3.7
Debt 191 9.0 3.3
Domestic abuse 22 1.0 2.2
Low income 304 14.3 3.5
Sickness/ill health 28 1.3 2.9
Unemployed 30 1.4 2.4
‘Other’ c reason 340 16.0 3.1
Index of Multiple Deprivation quintile 1 (most deprived) 1449 68.1 3.4
2 342 16.1 3.2
3 114 5.4 3.7
4 117 5.5 2.6
5 (least deprived) 106 5.0 5.5
Income Deprivation quintile 1 (most deprived) 1386 65.1 3.3
2 397 18.7 3.6
3 106 5.0 2.7
4 145 6.8 3.6
5 (least deprived) 94 4.4 4.5
Total 2128 100.0 3.4
  1. a Age group relates to the person claiming the food parcel only
  2. b ‘Other’ households are those containing three or more adults, approximately half of which also contained children
  3. c Includes child holiday meals, delayed wages, refused crisis loan, refused short-term benefit advance, and homelessness