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Foodbanks ask PM to tackle poverty after use triples

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Staff at the Trussell Trust have distributed three times more food parcels this year

The Salisbury-based foodbank charity the Trussell Trust is calling on the Prime Minster to take action on food poverty after requests for its help tripled.

The Trussell Trust distributed more than 350,000 three-day food parcels from its branches across the country between April and September 2013. The figure is three times higher than during the same months last year.

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The foodboxes contain three days worth of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food

In July, ITV Meridian spoke to one family who were worried about feeding their children over the summer holidays. Click here for our summer report about the rise in foodbank use.

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TUC: Numbers using foodbanks are 'shocking'

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady described the numbers of people turning to foodbanks in the UK as "shocking".

The Chancellor is talking up a recovery - but for who? These new figures show that, despite trying desperately hard to make ends meet, hundreds of thousands of people still can't afford to put food on the table for their families.

Welfare reforms like the Bedroom Tax have pushed more households into food poverty.

– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady

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