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Nottingham East Labour MP Chris Leslie speaks about the rising demand for food banks in the Midlands.
- In 2011-2012 food banks fed over 120,000 people nationwide. This was 100% more than the previous year.
- There are over 250 food banks across the UK, with the latest opening today in Gedling, Nottingham.
- There are currently 20 food banks in the Midlands region and 11 more are currently under development.
- Between April 2012 and September 2012 over 16,000 people used food banks in the Midlands.
A new food bank in the Midlands has opened in Nottinghamshire.
The centre at a church in Gedling will give away food to families referred by local authorities or health services.
They have already collected three tonnes of food.
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Christmas may be a time of over-indulgence for some, but hard-up families in the Midlands are relying on handouts to feed hungry mouths.
With people still struggling to afford basic food, a new food bank is to be launched today which will serve people in Gedling.