Food banks are giving out nearly 2,000 emergency food parcels to children every day, and say they will need to provide even more support this winter
The figure, published by the Trussell Trust, is an increase from the 1,700 daily parcels given to children in 2019, and the charity said the demand for emergency food is well above its pre-pandemic level.
In total, the trust has handed out more than 5,100 emergency parcels every day for six months – three parcels every minute.
Trussell Trust chief executive Emma Revie, called on the government to urgently strengthen the social security system.
“The answer must be for us to have the stability of a strong enough social security system to protect any one of us when we need it,” she said.
“We need government at all levels to take action and are asking the public to help fight hunger this winter and join the campaign to fight for a future without the need for food banks.”