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Dependence on food banks on the increase

More people in the south east rely on emergency food handouts Credit: Press Association Images

Record numbers of people will rely on emergency food handouts this Christmas. That's according to a report released today by South East England Green MEP Keith Taylor.

The report, called 'Hungry Britain' shows a 60% increase in the number of people using food banks between April to November this year compared to the same period last year. Mr Taylor said: 'Food banks are a lifeline to those in need and, sadly, one of Britain's booming industries.

'Across the South East demand for emergency food is soaring while people's wages stagnate and the cost of living shoots up. In the sixth largest economy in the world no-one should be relying on emergency food handouts at Christmas, it's a national disgrace.'

Children could go hungry over summer holidays

Video. Children will go hungry over the summer holidays as more parents struggle to afford to feed them. That's the warning from a food bank charity in the South, which says many families rely on free school meals to make sure their children eat at least one proper meal a day.

Kerry Swain has been to meet one couple in Wiltshire who say they're desperately worried their children will go hungry this summer. More about foodbanks here.

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Isle of Wight food appeal

Volunteers taking part in the Trolley Dash in Shanklin, Isle of Wight

The foodbank on the Island is one of 300 appeals across the UK and is set to reach its target of raising £5,000. The Isle of Wight have seen an increase in the demand for food supplies as more families are struggling to make ends meet.

Foodbank members raise awareness on the Isle of Wight radio

Local supermarkets also held charity collections to raise funds and food to help with the nationwide trolley relay by The Trussell Trust charity.

Hovertravel MD Neil Chapman gave the Trolley Push a fun send-off from Ryde Terminal with a fantastic performance by girl group Capo 4.

Isle of Wight Foodbank supporter Hannah King said "We are all making a difference to people who find themselves needing help and support. "

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