Figures show Stoke-on-Trent foodbank gave out more than 10,000 emergency food supplies to people last year

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Figures from foodbank charity the Trussell Trust show that more than 10,000 emergency food supplies were given to people in Stoke-on-Trent in the last year.

People in crisis were given 10,330 three-day emergency food supplies between April and March 2016-17 compared to 11,038 in April and March of 2015-16 by the Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank based in Hanley.

Almost 4,000 of these three-day supplies went to children.

Foodbank Stoke-on-Trent

Foodbank (image by Corrine Boden)

Nationally, the number of people needing emergency food is increasing. The Trussell Trust said 1,182,954 three-day emergency food supplies were given out between April and March 2016-17 across the country, compared to 1,109,309 in 2015-16.

The Trussell Trust has said that the referral reasons for these emergency parcels were due to benefit delays, low income, and benefit changes.

Stoke-on-Trent is one of the areas to have had a decrease of 6% in the use of the foodbank.

The running cost for the Stoke-on-Trent foodbank is around £120,000 per year and all money is raised locally.

Anna Willcocks, project manager of the Stoke-on-Trent foodbank, said: “Whilst we have seen a decrease in the number of emergency food supplies we provide, need remains high.

“The report of the Stoke-on-Trent Hardship commission illustrates why we must secure funding to enable us to carry on providing the vital benefit, debt, and budgeting money advice service, available at the point of need to foodbank guests.

“We want to help people get out of a continuous cycle of crisis.”

Foodbank distribution centres are based all over Stoke-on-Trent for people in need.

Caroline Leese, a 39-year-old mother-of-two from Bucknall, said before coming to the foodbank for help, she asked parents at the school gate for spare clothing for her daughter as she could not afford to buy any.

She said: “I really had nothing and nobody.”

To hear more about Caroline and another foodbank user, click on the video below:

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