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Massive rise in foodbank usage

Almost 1,500 people have used Wisbech Foodbank in the last nine months, with the Trussel Trust saying that life has got worse, not better, for the poorest members of our society.

Nationwide in the last year, over 900,000 people received food from Trussell Trust foodbanks, including at Wisbech, March and Chatteris, compared to just 346,992 in 2012-13.

These staggering figures show that despite signs of recovery in the economy, the poorest are struggling more than ever.

Benefits sanctions are one of the biggest problems, with over 50 per cent of foodbank referrals as a result of benefit delays or changes. Other issues include rising living costs, low pay and underemployment.

A spokesperson for Wisbech Foodbank said: “We’re seeing growing numbers turning to our foodbank for help, which shouldn’t be happening in the seventh richest country in the world.

“But the reality is that life id 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.”

Over 12,472 tonnes of food was donated to Wisbech Foodbank last year and more than 30 people volunteered their time.

People using the foodbank are given three days’ emergency food and must be referred from an organisation signed up to the scheme, such as the Jobcentre.

 

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