London Food bank use increases 400% in two years

Trussell Trust figures show that food bank use in London has increased by 393% in two years.

'There is a growing food poverty crisis in London'

The London Assembly Labour Group has called on the Mayor to do more to tackle 'growing food poverty crisis' in London.

It is time the Mayor took concerted action to address this problem, it is a scandal that people cannot afford to feed themselves or their families in modern London. The use of food banks continues to increase at an alarming rate thanks to the continued squeeze on living standards.

Today's report shows the scale of the problem, but it also shows that Londoners are supportive of tools that will tackle this problem. I have presented the Mayor with a fully costed plan to help parents by extending the government's free school meals for infant school children to all primary school children.

– Fiona Twycross AM, London Assembly Labour Group economy spokesperson

Food bank users increase by 400% in London

New figures show that food bank use in London has increased by almost 400% in two years.

In 2011-12 there were 12,839 visits to Trussell Trust food banks in London, this has increased to 63,367 in the first nine months of the current financial year.

A volunteer prepares a donation at a foodbank Credit: Pa Wire

The Trussell Trust says it's food banks have fed some 24,500 children in the capital since April.

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