13% rise in food parcels handed out during pandemic in Yorkshire and the Humber

123,000 emergency food parcels were given to people across Yorkshire and the Humber over the past year.

New figures by The Trussel Trust show more than a third of the parcels went to children - that's one parcel every 11 minutes on average.

It is a 13% increase on the year before where 108,000 were distributed across the region.

The charity said the figures are just the ''tip of the iceberg'' with an unprecedented number of people being helped by other food aid providers and community-based groups which sprang up to provide emergency food during the pandemic. 

It says people do not have a strong enough lifeline to ''stay afloat'' as they do not have enough money for the basics, coupled with high rates of unemployment and record redundancies due to the pandemic.

More than a third of food parcels were distributed to children in the region. Credit: PA

Across the UK, the Trussell Trust is reporting record levels of need as more than 2.5 million emergency food parcels were given to people during the last 12 months; more than 980,000 of these parcels went to children.

Emma Revie, the Chief Executive of the Trussell Trust, said no one should face the ''indignity'' of needing emergency food.

She said: "It's not right that just year on year we report increases. We've seen increases of 128% over the last five years. 

"That's not acceptable and it's time that we make a plan for ending the need for foodbanks and for elected officials at all levels of government to make a commitment to making that happen."

The Business Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, said that as the economy re-opens people will benefit from economic growth.

People can get their weekly shop at this community grocery store in Sheffield for just £3. Credit: ITV News

A community grocery store in Sheffield opened three weeks ago and offers a weekly shop to people for just £3.

The store already has over two hundred members and offers debt management courses, cookery classes, and a job club.

Sorcha Rooney, part of the team that runs the store, said that the pandemic had brought focus to food poverty because of job losses and people being on furlough.

She added that she thinks the issue will grow, and there are plans to open other community stores in other parts of Yorkshire and the Humber.