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Chris Mould, director of the Trussell Trust has said food banks are help for those who have no other option.
A leading charity says spiralling living costs, a lack of job security and benefit changes mean more people than ever in our region are struggling to feed themselves.
The number of people using food banks has tripled in the past year in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Many of those in need are working but cannot afford to feed their families.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has faced questions over the rise in demand for emergency food and food banks.
The question came as part of today's Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.
Over 10 thousand people across our region can't afford to buy food. Startling figures out today show that the number of people using foodbanks is higher than ever and there are fears more families will be pushed into poverty in the coming months. Kate Walby reports.
Asked whether David Cameron was concerned about the massive increase in people using foodbanks under his Government, the Prime Minister's official spokesman said:
The Trussell Trust says the number of people turning to them for help was a "wake-up call to the nation". The charity claims the impact of welfare reforms that came into force this month has already sparked an increase in numbers passing through their doors.
- Of those helped over the last year 126,889 were children and most recipients were working-age families
- 30% of people helped were referred as a result of benefit delays
- 15% because of benefit changes
- Overall, the charity helped nearly 100,000 more people than it had anticipated
Source: The Trussell Trust
Oxfam's Director of UK Poverty, Chris Johnes, has warned that welfare reforms could tip even more people into food poverty:
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More people than ever across our region are turning to foodbanks for help.