Record Numbers Use Food Banks in the First Month of Lockdown

Foodbank charities reported that the first full month of coronavirus lockdown was their “busiest ever” showing that the current social security safety net has not protected low-income households from hardship.

The Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest food bank network, said it gave out 89% more food parcels in April, compared to the same month last year, while the Independent Food Aid Network (Ifan) recorded a 175% increase over the same period. Particularly worrying is evidence that the number of families with children who received food parcels almost doubled in April compared to the same period last year, according to Trussell Trust.

This record for food bank use in April follows a huge surge in food aid reported in March. Campaigners have called on government to provide an emergency cash support scheme to help low-income households in need.

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