School Holidays Prompt Surge in Demand at Foodbanks
August 9, 2018
The school holidays prompted a surge in demand at foodbanks last year and the same trend is expected to be seen again this summer.
According to the Trussell Trust, which operates more than 420 foodbanks across the UK, there were 3,500 more emergency supply packages handed out to children during July and August 2017, as compared to May and June of the same year.
Typically around a third of all food distributed by the charity goes to children but that proportion increases during school summer holidays when many parents can find it extremely difficult to afford food for their children.
At present, this added pressure on parents will often translate into an increase in trips to foodbanks, which is why their operators are calling for more food donations from the general public during July and August.
However, the Trussell Trust has been keen to emphasise the idea that foodbanks and a reliance on them among parents should not become the norm anywhere in the UK.
“No one should face going hungry, and although our network will be doing all they can this summer to help families struggling to make the money they have stretch to cover the essentials, no charity can replace people having enough money for the basics,” said Samantha Stapley, director of operations at the Trussell Trust.
“We know particular groups of people are most likely to need a foodbank, so let’s make sure no one is swept into destitution,” she said.
Ms Stapley particularly wants to see people throughout the UK given better support through the state benefits system.
“Our benefits system can, and must, act as an anchor to protect people from being pulled into poverty,” she said.
The Trussell Trust has described it as “simply not acceptable” that so many people across Britain currently find themselves in the positon of being unable to avoid hunger as a result of poverty or serious short term money problems.
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