The combined impact of the Government’s policies and cuts are hitting the poorest hardest and pushing people into food poverty.
Trussell Trust foodbanks have seen the biggest rise in numbers of people given emergency food since the charity began in 2000. In the last year, there has been a 170% rise in people visiting food banks and the trust is launching three new foodbanks each week to cope with demand.
20 per cent of parents have skipped meals or gone without food to feed their children, in the past twelve months.
I visited a food collection centre at Tesco in Park Road. The store collected enough food to provide 20,995 meals to those in need in Liverpool, over the summer. This was part of the biggest ever national food collection.
Trussell Trust figures show that only four percent of people turned to foodbanks due to homelessness, 30% were referred due to benefit delay, 18% low income and 15% benefit changes.
I am pictured with Kevin Hassan, Chris Brennan (Park Road Store Manager), Becky Martin (Community Champion), Shelly Whitmore, Paul Edwards (Foodbank Manager, Trussell Trust)