Most of the people who collected food were on benefits. There was some accommodation nearby which housed young people with difficult circumstances, or who were making the transition from care to independent living. Most of the recipients of the goods, or so I understood, were short of money because they were waiting for benefits claims to be assessed due to a move or change in circumstances. What shocks me about recent reports is that a lot of the people now needing help are in work, but their wages do not cover the increasing cost of living. That people who work hard find themselves unable to afford to live is patently unjust and wrong, yet inflation does take a much greater toll on lower income families, and it is undoubtedly true that many do struggle, and may be worse off than some of those on benefits.
I don't know that answer, but the Trussell Trust reports that a lot of the help offered is coming from churches and religious organisations. It has always been the case that churches have played such a role; I wonder if it will become more common as the economic downturn continues.