Rise in need for emergency food

Trussell Trust foodbanks have seen the biggest ever rise in numbers given emergency food in the South since the charity began in 2000.

Three new foodbanks launched in the South every week

The Trussell Trust has seen a 32% increase in the number of foodbanks launched in the South East since April 2012, but has seen a 68% increase in numbers of people given emergency food.

Christian charity The Trussell Trust is launching three new foodbanks every week to help meet demand and has launched 345 UK foodbanks in partnership with churches and communities to date.

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Rise in foodbank use is a "wake-up call"

The sheer volume of people who are turning to foodbanks because they can’t afford food is a wake-up call to the nation that we cannot ignore the hunger on our doorstep. Politicians across the political spectrum urgently need to recognise the real extent of UK food poverty and create fresh policies that better address its underlying causes. This is more important than ever as the impact of the biggest reforms to the welfare state since it began start to take effect. Since April 1st we have already seen increasing numbers of people in crisis being sent to foodbanks with nowhere else to go.

– Chris Mould, Trussell Trust Executive Chairman

More people than ever are using foodbanks in the South

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There's been a rise in the number of people using foodbanks Credit: ITV News Meridian

Trussell Trust foodbanks have seen the biggest rise in numbers given emergency food nationwide since the charity began in 2000.

Over 44,000 people in the South East have received at least three days emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks during the last 12 months, almost double the number of people helped in 2011-12.