Record One Million Use Foodbanks

22 April 2015, 07:38

More than 43,000 people used a foodbank in the East Midlands last year.

The number of people using foodbanks has reached a record one million after an increase in workers on low pay having to get help.

The Trussell Trust said almost 400,000 children were among those receiving at least three days' of supplies from the charity's 445 foodbanks across the UK in the past year.

One man using the foodbank at Daybrook Baptist Church in Arnold, Nottingham, told Capital:

'I didn't really want to come to the foodbank, the simple reason, I like to make my own way...

'But for a week or a fortnight you can struggle well eventually I thought why not give it a go.'

Low Pay and High Living Costs

Foodbank managers reported dealing with people struggling with insecure work, low pay and high living costs.

Trussell Trust UK foodbank director Adrian Curtis told Capital:

'Despite welcome signs of economic recovery, hunger continues to affect significant numbers of men, women and children in the UK today.

'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.'

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