Almost 350,000 people have had to visit foodbanks over the last year, according to the Trussell Trust.
The charity reported today that there was a three-fold increase in the number of people visiting their foodbanks between 2012-13.
In the last twelve months, UK foodbanks have seen a 170% rise in the number of clients requiring emergency food. This unprecedented figure, the charity reports, is the biggest rise since 2000.
In total, 346,992 people visited foodbanks for three days of emergency food and the charity have warned that the number of clients could rise further next year when the country sees the full force of the Coalition’s benefit cuts. 128,697 people visited foodbanks in 2011-12 and the charity has seen a visible rise in clients each year, since it began in 2000.
Perhaps the most shocking fact of all from the Trust’s statistics, is that over 30% of this year’s foodbank clients have been children.
Chris Mould, Trussell Trust Executive Chairman commented in the report:
The sheer volume of people who are turning to foodbanks because they can’t afford food is a wake-up call to the nation that we cannot ignore the hunger on our doorstep.
“Politicians across the political spectrum urgently need to recognise the real extent of UK food poverty and create fresh policies that better address its underlying causes.
“This is more important than ever as the impact of the biggest reforms to the welfare state since it began start to take effect. Since April 1st we have already seen increasing numbers of people in crisis being sent to Foodbanks with nowhere else to go.”
There are currently 345 foodbanks across the UK, with the charity opening on average three extra foodbanks each week.
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