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Food poverty: "It makes you feel like you're a second class citizen"

Around fifty thousand people in Wales are having to use emergency food supplies, according to Oxfam Cymru. It warns that changes to the benefit systems mean many people can't afford to feed themselves.

"It makes you feel below society" says Lyndon Spanswick, from Torfaen.

"It makes you feel like you are a second-class citizen".

"I never thought for one minute I would have to rely on food parcels. Thank God that system is available".

MPs debate growing use of food banks in Wales

A Welsh MP has called a debate over the increased use of food banks in Wales and to highlight "the cost of living crisis" facing families in poverty.

The number of people relying on food banks in Wales has increased over the last year, rising from just over 10,000 to just below than 30,000 said Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan.

"The sheer scale of the numbers is the issue", he added.


Help needed to increase support for families

The Trussel Trust is calling on the Welsh Government to help it increase the number of food banks it operates across Wales. A Welsh Government spokesperson said they are considering the role that food banks play.

Food comes from donations from churches, campaigns and members of the public. You can only use a food bank if you have been referred by an agency such as a health visitor, doctor, job centre, or social services.

The Government already provides a safety net for essentials like food and housing through the benefits system and we can provide emergency financial help through crisis loans.

Where appropriate Jobcentre Plus - for the first time - is now also referring people to food banks after they asked us to do so. We recognise the important role voluntary organisations play in helping people in their local communities.

– Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson