Caring and Covid-19: Hunger and Mental Well-Being (Sustainable Care 2020)

This report by Dr Matthew BennettDr Yanan Zhang and Professor Sue Yeandle, in partnership with Carers UK looks at carers’ use of foodbanks and experience of hunger in April 2020, and at changes in their mental wellbeing. It uses the latest data, based on the responses of a large representative sample of the UK’s population collected in the Understanding Society panel study.

  • More than 100,000 people caring unpaid for older or disabled relatives using foodbanks to get by.

  • Almost 229,000 unpaid carers have had someone in their household go hungry during lockdown.

  • Figures paint a worrying picture of unpaid carers under intolerable pressure.