More people than ever across our region are turning to foodbanks for help.
The Trussell Trust charity says over 10,000 people in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire have received at least three days' emergency food handouts during the last 12 months - that's triple the amount than in the previous year.
Rising cost of living, static incomes, changes to benefits and unemployment have meant increasing numbers of people in the area have hit a crisis that forces them to go hungry. This dramatic rise in food bank usage predates April's welfare reforms, which could see numbers increase further in 2013-14, the Trust say.
Of those helped in the area in 2012-13, 32.5 per cent were children. The Bradford food bank alone fed 2,412, giving out 17.4 tonnes of food. Nationally, Trussell Trust foodbanks have given three days emergency food to 346,992 in 2012-13 compared with 128,697 in 2011-12.
The Trussell Trust has seen a 55 per cent increase in the number of foodbanks launched in Yorkshire and Humberside since April 2012 but says this does not meet demand.