With the economic downturn and the changes to the welfare system, more and more people are facing extreme financial hardship. This means tough choices between heating the home or putting food on the table. Many can’t afford to do either.
While awaiting benefits or waiting for benefits to come through after a change, people have to turn somewhere for food. Community Care Grants and Social Fund loans have been abolished. Councils will now have to administer these, but with the funding capped at 2005 levels there surely won’t be enough money to go around to help people who need it to buy emergency food.
Charities expect demand for food banks to significantly increase – so if you can afford to buy a bit extra in your weekly shop, please consider donating it to your local food bank because it will be much needed.