Coalition presides over shocking increase in number of people using food banks

The number of people using food banks to make end meet has skyrocketed this year, according to new figures released today by the Trussell Trust.

The number of people using food banks to make end meet has skyrocketed this year, according to new figures released today by the Trussell Trust.

346,992 people received a minimum of three days emergency food from Trussell Trust food banks in 2012-13, compared to 128,697 in 2011-12 and 40,898 when Labour left office in 2010. Of those helped in 2012-13, 126,889 (36.6 per cent) were children.

Labour’s shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh called the figures “shocking”.

“The UK is the seventh richest country in the world yet under David Cameron’s leadership, we are facing a cost of living crisis and growing epidemic of hidden hunger, with some people increasingly unable to meet their family’s basic needs…This incompetent Tory-led Government needs to wake up to the human cost of their failed economic policies and change course now.”

The graph below charts the rise of food bank use and its explosion under the coalition.

Food banks graph 2013

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