3,981 FED BY EXETER FOODBANK IN LAST YEAR: LIFE HAS GOT WORSE NOT BETTER FOR POOREST IN 2013/14
- 3981 people received three days’ emergency food from Exeter foodbank in 2013-14, compared to 2886 in 2012-13
- Over 900,000 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks nationwide in 2013-14, compared to 346,992 in 2012-13.
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Many more adults and children have received three days’ emergency food and support from Exeter foodbank in the last 12 months, a significant 38% percent rise on numbers helped in the previous financial year. Despite signs of economic recovery, the poorest have seen incomes squeezed even more than last year reports The Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest foodbank network. More people are being referred to Trussell Trust foodbanks than ever before.
Static incomes, rising living costs, low pay, underemployment and problems with welfare, especially sanctioning, are significant drivers of the increased demand. 83 percent of foodbanks surveyed by The Trussell Trust recently reported that benefits sanctions, which have become increasingly harsh, have caused more people to be referred to them for emergency food in the last year [see Notes]. Over 50 percent of referrals to foodbanks in 2013-14 were a result of benefit delays or changes.
Exeter Foodbank manager, Joy Dunne, said ‘We’re seeing growing numbers turning to Exeter foodbank for help, which shouldn’t be happening in the seventh richest country in the world. But the reality is that life is very difficult for people on low incomes at the moment, and increasing numbers are struggling to make ends meet and are hitting a crisis where they cannot afford food. We don’t think anyone should have to go hungry, which is why we’re so grateful for the incredible generosity of local people in donating food, funds and time to stop local hunger. Families, pnsioners, students – people in employment and those working equally hard to find employment are being referred to us because otherwise, put simply, they would have nothing to eat’
In the last year Exeter Foodbank provided 35,114 kgs of food – all donated to Exeter foodbank by local people, and over 80 local people volunteered regularly. Local schools, businesses and faith groups have provided vital support to the foodbank, enabling us to give three days’ nutritionally balanced food and support to people in crisis.
Of the 3981 people given three days’ emergency food, 755 were children.
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