The Trussell Trust, a charitable organisation with a network of foodbanks across the UK, and with a central mission of eradicating hunger and poverty, released their End of Year statistics this week.
Research shows that the Trussell Trust distributed 1,583,668 three-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis, which is a significant 18.8% increase on the previous year.
In Lothian, between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019, 24904 three-day emergency food supplies were given to local people in crisis, with 8160 of these going to children.
The figures suggest that the number of people living in poverty, and thus reliant on food parcels and donations, is undoubtedly rising.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“The Trussell Trust have today confirmed that the use of foodbanks, and the poverty that causes this, is on the rise.
“This is a damning indictment of the continuation of austerity politics.
“There is a better way. That is with a Labour Government that will eradicate the need for foodbanks and will invest in people, public services and communities.