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Food bank use in Wales 'has doubled in twelve months'

Food prices in Wales are rising at such a rate that more than double the amount of people are now using foodbanks compared to just a year ago.

Latest figures from the Retail Price Index show that prices have risen 12 percent in the last three months, with job centres now regularly referring people to their local food banks to ease the pressure.

Our Business Correspondent Carole Green reports.

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


Families struggling as food prices increase

The Trussel Trust says the number of referrals they receive has almost doubled in a year Credit: ITV News

The number of families seeking help from foodbanks in Wales almost doubled last year compared with the year before, according to an organisation that helps struggling families.

The latest figures from the British Retail Consortium show food prices have increase by 4% and the Trussel Trust, which has 23 banks across the country, says they are seeing an increase in the number of people they are helping.

The trust says 2,441 families were referred to them a month in December 2011. they By December 2012, that figure had risen to 4,911 a month.