This morning The Trussell Trust released new figures on the usage of their foodbank services across the UK.
With the aim to #StopUKHunger this charity runs a network of over 420 foodbanks across the country. One of these resides in Burngreave on Spital Hill.
The new statistics have revealed that the delays in the first payments of Universal Credit are driving more and more people to use foodbanks. From April to September of this year the trust provided over 600,000 3-day emergency food supply packages.
These figures show a 13% increase since the same period in 2017.
Emma Revie, Chief Executive of The Trussell Trust said: “It’s not right that people are being forced to use foodbanks after weeks of waiting for Universal Credit payments.
“The changes announced in last week’s Budget are a good start, but they won’t solve all of the foodbank problems and they won’t help people making new claims this winter.
“We’re seeing soaring levels of need at foodbanks. The time to act is now. If the five week wait isn’t reduced, the only way to stop even more people being forced to foodbanks this winter will be to pause all new claims to Universal Credit, until funding is in place to reduce the five week wait.
“Foodbanks cannot continue to pick up the pieces – we have to make sure our benefits system can protect people from hunger.”
Visit The Trussell Trust website to find your closest foodbank and more information on how you could make a difference to someone’s life this Christmas period.