Foodbank numbers double over the past year

The Trussell Trust, the leading foodbank network, is launching two new centres every week to help the growing number of families who cannot afford their food bills.  It reports that parents are going without meals to feed their children and some are considering stealing food.

The number of people who have been given emergency food parcels has doubled in the past year to almost 130,000, with the number of centres now standing at 201.

The Trust reports that a delay in receiving benefits was the main reason people were referred to foodbanks (29%).  Low income was the next most common reason (19%); others included delayed wages, domestic violence, sickness, unemployment, debt, benefit changes, refused crisis loans, homelessness and absence of free school meals during school holidays.

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