Increase in the number of people in need of emergency food parcels across the region

The Trussell Trust reported that food banks in its network across the South West provided nearly 175,000 emergency food parcels to people in need between April 2021 and March 2022.

More than 67,000 of them went to children. These figures mark a 7% increase compared to the same period in 2019/20 before the pandemic.

Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, a total of 163,000 emergency food parcels were distributed across the South West by Trussell Trust network food banks.

The Trussell Trust says food banks in its network across the UK experienced their busiest winter outside of 2020 at the height of the pandemic, delivering 1.2 million parcels in the second half of the pandemic alone ‘year.

That’s more packages than were supplied for the whole of 2016/16.

Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, said: ‘People in the South West tell us they are skipping meals so they can feed their children.

“That they turn off essential devices so that they can allow their children to access the internet to do their homework.

“How can that be fair in a society like ours? And yet, the food banks in our network tell us it will only get worse as their communities are plunged deeper into financial hardship.

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