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The demand for foodbanks has doubled according to one charity

Foodbank in Coventry Photo: ITV Central

People using foodbanks to feed their family has doubled in the last year, according to the The Trussell Trust.

The charity says every day it is handing out emergency food parcels to parents who are resorting to desperate measures, including stealing food, to feed their children.

In the last year two foodbanks opened up every week to meet demand.

The foodbank in Coventry is the fastest growing one in the country.

Foodbank parcels contain enough food to last three days. People are given vouchers after being referred by health professionals, job centre workers, social workers or local charities.

"If it wasn't for the charity existing I don't know what I would have done for food. I would have been crying and upset over how I was going to feed my little children."

– Kathleen Keely, Coventry

The Trussell Trust says the most common reason people need help is because of a delay in benefits or people struggling on low incomes.

Last year the charity fed 128,000 people and it is estimated half a million people will receive a food parcel by 2016.

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