Record number in 'food poverty'

The number of people relying on food banks to feed their family has increased dramatically in the past year. The Trussell Trust says 128,000 people are now using their food banks. 13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK.

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Four-year-old tells ITV News: 'My belly grumbles' with hunger

Grandmother Diane, from Coventry, uses the Trussell Trust's food banks to help feed her large family. She told ITV News she makes pies and casseroles with the food given to her by the charity so it goes further and lasts longer.

Her granddaughter, four-year-old Rachel, can't hide her excitement when she talks about the food deliveries from the charity - but she also can't hide how hungry she gets at times.

'Give More' initiative launched

The Give More campaign has been launched in a bid to inspire people to give more money, time or energy to charity campaigns over the next year.

Today, the Trussell Trust has announced that the number of peopleneeding support from foodbanks has doubled in the past 12 months.

With thisnews and the fact that the UK has slipped back into recession, there has neverbeen a more important time for us to pull together as a nation and Give More tothe causes we care most deeply about and the charities who support ourcommunities in their time of need.

– Give More spokesperson



Food banks seeing massive increase in demand

In some parts of the UK there's been a 100 percent increase in the number of people in need of assistance from food banks.

According to the Trussell Trust the number of adults and children fed nationwide by food banks have increased from 61,468 in 2010-11 to 128,697 in 2011-12.

  • 61,468 people used food banks between 2010-2011
  • 128,697 people used food banks between the same period 2011-2012
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