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9/10 churches are helping to combat food poverty

23 April 2015

The country’s largest food bank organisation has revealed that the number of people claiming free meal packages has risen to over a million.

The Trussell Trust released it’s latest figures yesterday, claiming the number of people who had been given three day food parcels across the UK in the past financial year, was at 1,084,604, almost three times as many as in 2012/13.

The trust operates six food banks in greater Lincolnshire and there are a number of other community larders and food banks operated with the help of churches across the diocese. 

In a recent report, the Church Urban Fund stated that number of churches involved in running food banks over the last three years has doubled, from 33% in 2011 to 66% in 2014. The support provided by churches includes collecting food, providing volunteers, offering premises and helping manage food banks.

The Rt Revd Dr David Court, Bishop of Grimsby was heartened by the support provided by churches in the diocese.

“The figures released yesterday tell a sad story with over one million people relying on handouts every week,” said the Bishop.

“The services that these charities provide is vital and the support the Church gives is equally as important to keep the food banks open to people in need. I would like to thank all the volunteers in greater Lincolnshire for all of their amazing work and for helping to provide such a vital lifeline to the people of this county”

A list of the Trussell Trust food banks can be found on their website www.trusselltrust.org. For more information about local food banks, telephone your local council.