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Food banks facing 'busiest christmas' yet

Foodbanks are expecting their busiest christmas yet against a backdrop of growing need, according to charity The Trussell Trust.

In 2016/17 more than 95,000 three-day emergency supplies were given to people in crisis in Wales and food banks saw a particular spike in demand in December.

a 13% increase in food bank use during the first six months of the year Credit: PA

Members of the public are now being urged to donate supplies as the festive season approaches.

47%
Figures show a 47% increase in number of 3-day emergency supplies provided by the Trussell Trust.

Generous donations in December 2016 meant food banks met demand but new data shows there is a significant need in the following months when donations drop.

December 2016 was the busiest month for Trussell Trust food banks on record but recent statistics show a 13% increase in food bank use during the first six months of this financial year suggesting December 2017 will be even busier.

For many, this christmas will not be a time for celebration. Every year we see a spike in demand at Christmas but this year food banks are expecting their busiest Christmas ever.

At Christmas food banks will be working hard to provide not only these regular essentials, like pasta or cereal, but also little extras that offer hope at a time when people need it most. T

– Mark Ward, Interim Chief Executive