Foodbank opens for those in 'full time employment'

It is estimate 9,000 people will use foodbanks in Cardiff in 2014. Credit: PA

Due to a "rapid rise" in demand Cardiff is to get a fifth foodbank.

The city council says 7,500 people received emergency foodparcels last year and that figure is expected to increase to 9,000 this year.

Cardiff Foodbank has opened its fifth Food Distribution Centre at St Saviour’s Church in Splott.

The new centre will be the first Trussell Trust Foodbank in Wales to offer evening opening hours, specifically aimed at those in full-time employment or education.

Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Derrick Morgan said, "In a climate of worsening poverty and rising homelessness, Foodbanks and their network of support services are becoming ever more necessary.”

Father Dean Atkins, Parish Priest of St German with St Saviour, said, ”It is clear that there is a need for this kind of support in the local community and I believe the Church has a responsibility to try and meet that need.”