Britain cannot ignore 'the hunger on our doorstep'

People who arrive for help at foodbanks are referred by doctors, social workers, schools liaison officers or advisers at the CAB and Jobcentre Plus.

Food prices are rising and many family budgets are falling
Food prices are rising and many family budgets are falling Credit: Reuters

Chris Mould, the Trussell Trust 's Executive Chairman, said: "We cannot ignore the hunger on our doorstep. Politicians across the political spectrum 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."

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'Fivefold rise' in foodbanks use

The number of people getting emergency supplies from foodbanks has risen by more than five times since 2010, according to campaigners.