Independent Food Banks in Scotland report need for emergency food parcels doubled in lockdown

Despite the Scottish Government’s ‘cash first’ approach, independent food banks in Scotland have seen the need for their services double since the start of lockdown compared to last year’s April to July figures.  

Figures from the UK-wide Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) show that there has been a 108% rise in the number of emergency food parcels distributed in July 2020 compared to same month last year.  

70 independent food banks in 20 local authorities in Scotland distributed at least 182,863 emergency food parcels between February and July 2020  

Mary McGinley of Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank said: “These figures again show that an ever-increasing number of people in Scotland continue to live in poverty experiencing food insecurity. Going forward, more needs to be done to address the underlying cause of food insecurity and poverty in our communities.” 

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