Neil Findlay MSP has expressed his deep concern about recent figures that show a 22% rise in the number of food parcels distributed in Scotland.

Research conducted by A Menu for Change and the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) found that between April 2018-September 2019, 586,723 food parcels were distributed by foodbanks across Scotland, in comparison to 480,583 distributed the previous year.

The research conducted by both A Menu for Change and IFAN aimed to calculate the total number of food parcels distributed by all food banks, including large organisations such as the Trussell Trust and smaller, independent food banks.

The rise in the number of food parcels distributed can be attributed to growing levels of poverty in Scotland today.

Neil Findlay MSP said:

“These figures are another damning indictment of a callous Tory government in Westminster and a complacent SNP government in Holyrood who are more concerned with constitutional wrangling than they are about fixing the startling levels of poverty and inequality that we are seeing in our society today.

“No-one should have to rely on food donations to survive. It is about time that we invested in our people and public services so that everyone has access, at the very least, to necessities such as food and shelter.”

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