Tripling in foodbank usage sparks Trussell Trust to call for an inquiry. (Trussell Trust press release)

Foodbank usage has risen 300% over the last year. This is a very worrying situation for one of the world’s richest countries. It is even more worrying when senior government figures tell barefaced lies as to the reasons people turn to foodbanks, and the way that foodbanks work. I have been utterly shocked by the statements of such senior politicians as Edwina Currie, Lord Freud and Michael Gove. They have blatantly twisted the facts. They must be held to account.

JACK MONROE

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Over 350,000 people received three days’ emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks between April and September 2013, triple the numbers helped in the same period last year. The Trussell Trust says that UK hunger is getting worse and the charity is calling for an inquiry into the causes of UK food poverty and the consequent surge in foodbank usage.

Chris Mould, Executive Chairman of The Trussell Trust says: ‘We said in April that the increasing numbers of people turning to foodbanks should be a wake-up call to the nation, but there has been no policy response and the situation is getting worse. The level of food poverty in the UK is not acceptable. It’s scandalous and it is causing deep distress to thousands of people. The time has come for an official and in depth inquiry into the causes of food poverty and the consequent rise in…

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