Food bank support rockets in South Tyne

Almost 1,000 more food parcels were handed out between April and September in South Tyneside because of the cost of living crisis, new figures show.
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The Trussell Trust, which operates the country’s largest food bank network, says it is facing a "tsunami of need" as, nationally, demand is outstripping donations for the first time.

The latest figures from the charity show 2,304 parcels were handed out at the Trust's South Tyneside foodbank in the six months to the end of September – up 60% on the same period in 2021.

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The data shows 902 of the support packages in South Tyneside went the children – a 70% rise.

The charity is one of a number of food banks in the area and the overall number of people needing help is likely to be much higher.

The number of parcels handed out nationwide has soared to more than 1.2 million – a 33% increase.

Emma Revie, chief executive at the Trust, said: “With the right support people don’t need to turn to food banks.

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"The Government has acted to protect people who are struggling but they must now act again, with swift support to help people through the winter, and a long-term vision to ensure that social security is enough to weather challenging times.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions said: “We are directly supporting households in need following the aftershocks from the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, including sending another Cost-of-Living Payment this month.

“Our extensive immediate support for families also includes our Energy Price Guarantee, saving around £700 for a typical household over winter.”