Foodbank need hits one million people in UK

Eastwood Volunteer Bureau
Eastwood Volunteer Bureau

The use of foodbanks in the UK has hit a landmark as one million people have now sought emergency food supplies.

The Trussel Trust, which organises foodbanks across the country has released new figures claiming that the use of foodbanks continues to grow “despite the economic recovery claimed by the government”.

Director Adrian Curtis said: “It’s difficult to be sure of the full extent of the problem as Trussell Trust figures don’t include people who are helped by other food charities or those who feel too ashamed to seek help.”

The Trust recorded that 400,000 children were fed through foodbanks in the past year and across the East Midlands it is estimated that one in twenty parents skip meals in order to ensure that other family members are able to eat.

The greater majority of these are mothers.

In Eastwood, demand on the Volunteer Bureau’s food bank has also been rising, said manager Susan Bagshaw.

The 61-year-old added: “Numbers fluctuate, one week it can be 40 households and the next week it can be 20.

“We give a parcel out when it’s the week they don’t get their benefits – it used to be one every week for six weeks and then six weeks without, and now we give one every other week.

“I think people are a lot worse off at the moment and it’s very very sad that we have to have food banks.

“These people when they first come it is so embarrasing for them.

“They treat it like begging for food, but when they see how friendly they are they get over it.

And while an increasing number of people in the country who are working are also relying on foodbanks, the Volunteer Bureau has a rule that you must be on benefits and recieve less than £110 a week.

Susan added: “The churches are very very good to us and let us have food every week. We get 40 loaves from Warburtons every week and we have a band of helpers who make up the bags up for them. Families always get extra food.”