Frontline homelessness workers in Glasgow have warned the cost of living crisis is leading to “growing” numbers of children attending their soup kitchen.
Homeless Project Scotland (HPS) last week shared alarming photos of young children at the street kitchen it runs three nights a week in the Scottish city. Manager Colin McInnes said the photos show the need for the group to be given an indoor premises, as more families face rising costs and inflation pushing them further into poverty.
His calls were raised in Scottish parliament and backed by first minister Nicola Sturgeon, who praised the group for its ”important work”.
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“The numbers of children and families at our Glasgow soup kitchen is growing. It is very sad to see any child hungry and needing to eat,” McInnes said.
“We are seeing this every night. Mums and dads don’t have the money to feed their kids. A woman came to our soup kitchen and told us that she has not turned her gas on for four years because she doesn’t have the money to turn it on.
“We need to have a building to bring these children indoors so they can eat indoors with dignity.”