4,688 FED BY EXETER FOODBANK IN 2014/15
- 4,688 people received three days’ emergency food from Exeter foodbank in 2014/15 (compared to 4,036 in 2013/14). This is an average of around 90 people per week.
- Of the 4,688 people given three days’ emergency food, 1,133 were children.
- Foodbank figures are ‘tip of the iceberg’ of UK food poverty says Trussell Trust Chairman.
Many more adults and children have received three days’ emergency food and support from Exeter foodbank in the last 12 months, a significant 16 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 benefit delays and sanctions, are significant drivers of the increased demand. Over 48 percent of referrals to foodbanks in 2014/15 were a result of benefit delays or changes.
Exeter Foodbank manager, Joy Dunne, said ‘Exeter Foodbank continues to see growing numbers being referred for help by the professional agencies we work with. This 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, pensioners, students – people in employment and those working equally hard to find employment are being referred to us because otherwise, put simply, they and their families would have little to eat’.
In the last year Exeter Foodbank distributed 45,000 kgs of food – all donated to Exeter foodbank by local people, and over 100 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.
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