We all need certain things to get through life. Some are important like food, water, and a place to live. Others like the Internet and cars are key but less so. How many of these things do we take for granted? It is easy to point out that we work for what we have but at the same time we still know, unless we've been lazy, that if we go to the fridge there will be something to eat.
For an alarmingly increasing number of people in the UK that simply isn't the case. The use of Food Banks is on a sharp rise and figures obtained from The Trussell Trust, a charity which runs a network of food banks make for stark reading.
Between April 2008 and March 2009 the trust gave out almost 26,000 three-day emergency food parcels. Over the same period between 2016 and 2017 that number had risen to a staggering 1,182,954.
There isn't one particular group of people using the service either. Of the most recent figures collated, more than 25% of users are on a low income. Another 25% use the Food Banks because of benefit delays. Other reasons include homelessness, debt and struggling to feed the children during school holidays.
It is reported that almost half of children using Food Banks over the holidays are primary school aged. To try and combat this the Trussell Trust are now running holiday clubs during which the children will receive a hot meal. As well as this there will be advisers on hand to try and help parents better understand the causes of financial issues.
As a parent it is always hard to read about children struggling to have things we regard as a right. Beyond that this is a simply a human issue. It is awful that Food Banks are a necessity in 2017 but while they are it is important that we support them. Find out more about how you can help here.
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