THERE are over 400 food banks operating across the country with the Clydesdale Food Bank seeing its referrals double in the past 12 months.
Local Food Bank co-ordinator Liz Paton also revealed to the Gazette that in the last year the Food Bank has handed out £25,000 worth of food to the needy.
And in the wake of a recently published Feeding Britain report by the House of Commons all-party parliamentary group, Liz hopes that by this time next year she and the other Food Bank volunteers will be made ‘redundant’.
She said: “It’s very sad that so many food banks are now operating. There is something very wrong with the benefit system.
“We had 240 referrals last year - now that number has increased to more than 500!”
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