Published On: Wed, Apr 16th, 2014 on 12:05 am

Record numbers are now turning to foodbanks in Yorkshire and the Humber

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Foodbanks across the Yorkshire and Humber have seen a shocking 260% rise in clients compared to the previous financial year, figures have revealed.

Between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014, 37,403 people have had to use Trussell Trust foodbanks in the region, a rise from 10,380 people the year before.

The Bradford Central Foodbank in particular has seen the numbers it feeds increase dramatically, feeding 5,224 people between 2013 and 2014, up from 2,413 people between 2012 and 2013.

53% of these referrals directly related to benefit changes or delays up from 40% the year before.

Ben Haldane, Project Manager at Bradford Central Foodbank, said: “We are seeing more and more people coming to us in dire circumstances and often this is due to problems with benefits.

“We wish we didn’t have to exist but we are finding that for many we are the only place to fall back on.”

Run by the Light Church, the Bradford Central Foodbank provides three days worth of emergency food and is part of the Trussell Trust network, the UK’s largest foodbank network.

Running over 400 foodbanks nationwide, over 900,000 people have been fed in the last 12 months, which has raised concerns over food poverty in the UK.

Trussell Trust Chairman Chris Mould, said: “That 37,403 people in Yorkshire and Humberside have received three days’ food from a foodbank, over triple the numbers helped last year, is shocking in 21st century Britain.

“But perhaps most worrying of all this figure is just the tip of the iceberg of UK food poverty, it doesn’t include those helped by other emergency food providers, those living in towns where there is no foodbank.”

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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