Food bank donations are rising in popularity and are becoming increasingly accepted at home.
But a new study has found that the idea of handing over cash for food could cause a backlash and is proving difficult to accept.
Researchers from the University of Nottingham and University of Leicester analysed data from over 2,000 UK households and found that, in a survey of over 1,000 households, only 27 per cent said they would give food to a stranger if they knew it was safe to do so.
This was because it was often not safe to donate money directly, or even give it to the stranger directly, and the person could be using the food as a means of support.
In the UK, donations are collected by charities in person or through the mail, and there are strict rules about what can be donated, with only food that is safe to eat and that you can cook or prepare yourself.
This means that it is not always possible to get all the food you need for a person with a food allergy, or those with a health condition such as arthritis, for example.
Dr Jennifer Stolz, one of the study’s authors from the department of food and nutrition at the University, said: “Food banks are now a popular way for people to provide for themselves, and they can be helpful in many ways.
But it is important that they do not create an environment where donations are being made, as it is likely to create problems.”
A food bank can be a way of providing a place for a family member or friend to turn their donations into something that can be shared, for a community, or a community group.
“Food bank donations can also be used to feed the needy and they often help people with medical conditions, disability and food insecurity.
Food bank donation rules vary widely in the UK and it is still not easy to give directly to the person who needs it.
In England and Wales, people can only give to people in their immediate family, and it can take up to seven days for a donor to receive their donation.
Food banks also have strict rules on how they are to be used.
They must be placed in a safe place and must be emptied by someone other than the donor.
They can only be used for food and drink and must not be used by people who are elderly, have a history of substance abuse, or are vulnerable.
And food banks must be kept under close surveillance and monitored.
Dr Stollz added: “It is important to understand that many people donate food because they think they can do so more efficiently and affordably if they do.”
If the food bank is used for the wrong reasons, the charity will lose money and its donors will be stigmatised.”
Foodbank donation rules can also affect how the money is distributed.
For example, the government’s new rules require food banks to distribute donations to people with a ‘reduced ability’ to donate, meaning they are unable to make the required donation.
This is a particularly common problem for people with mental health conditions, who are more likely to donate to food banks because they are less likely to have access to healthcare.
Dr Anne-Marie Beattie, who co-authored the study with Dr Stolwz, said the lack of transparency in food bank donation policies made it hard for people who had no health conditions to know what they were giving.
“It is also important that people do not think they are giving to someone who is going to use it to feed themselves and their family,” she said.
“Giving to a family with a disability is the most vulnerable and vulnerable people in our society are the ones who are most likely to need help.”
This study found that people are more accepting of food bank donors than those who don’t have a health or mental health condition.
The findings come after a number of studies have found that food banks are being underfunded and are under-staffed.
Foodbank donations can sometimes be the only way people with food allergies can get the help they need.
However, the study found people’s attitudes towards food bank giving could also have an impact on the charities that receive the money.
Food Bank donations can be an easy way for many people to support themselves and to help a family who needs help.
But it could also create a social stigma for people receiving food bank support.
Foodbanks can be vital for people in many different situations.
For some, it can help them cope with a medical emergency, or to feed a family without food.
For others, it provides a safe and secure way for them to turn donations into money for people living with food insecurity, or disability.
For more information, visit foodbank.org.uk