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Food bank demand rockets

The number of people using food banks in the North East has gone up to more than 10,000 compared to 700 in 2011.

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Concern for rising number of people depending on food banks

People in need of emergency food supplies in the North East is ten times higher than it was in 2011.

This year's figures are shocking compared to 2011 when only 700 people needed support.

  • 10,510 people in the North East received food in 2012-13
  • 3,452 were children
  • 741 people in the North East received food 2011-12

Food-boxes contain a three day supply of non-perishable foods like tinned fruit as well as pasta and cereals. Dieticians ensure food-boxes are nutritionally balanced before they are given out. The number of food banks in our region has almost doubled since last year.

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