UK Food Bank Charity in the North East reports 54% increase due to Cost-of-Living Crisis

Written by on 11th May 2023

With the cost-of-living prices increasing in the UK, a record number of food parcels were given out in the past 12 months. More people have started to use their local food bank with the highest annual rise in food parcels being dispersed in the UK was in the North East at 54%.  

I visited the Salvation Army food bank in Southwick to discuss whether they had seen an increase in people turning up. 

I spoke with Nick Hall who is a caseworker at the food bank as he explained “Most of the donations we receive come from local supermarkets that include Lidl, Aldi, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Farm Foods.

“However, we are trying to clamp down on people taking advantage of taking too much so that there is enough to go round for everyone. 

“The most people we have helped in a week was 70 people, although most recently, it has been quiet due to the council paying out Universal Credit to those who’s are struggling the most.” 

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