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More people than ever in NI ‘forced to use food banks’

More people than ever in Northern Ireland are being forced to use food banks, according to the Trussell Trust.

The charity says more than 17,000 emergency food parcels were given out to people in crisis here in the past six months.

It represents a 29% increase over the previous six months, one of the sharpest the trust says it has seen in the past five years.

Almost half of the three-day emergency food supplies went to children.

The charity says the main reasons for people needing emergency supplies are benefits consistently not covering the cost of living, and delays or changes to benefits being paid.