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The trust’s emergency food parcels give food for one person for either three or seven days. From April to September, the charity gave out 579,000 food parcels, including 350,000 to children.
Revie added: “Everyone in the UK should be able to afford the essentials – to buy their own food and heat their homes. Yet food banks in our network continue to see more and more people facing destitution with an increase in food parcels going to children. This is not right.”
Jonathan Reynolds, Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, said: “Thousands of food parcels given out every day to kids is frankly a disgrace – Britain deserves better than this.
“Conservative complacency and chaos has created a cost of living crisis with tax hikes, cuts to Universal Credit and soaring bills hammering families this winter.
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“Labour would tackle the cost of living crisis through a VAT cut on energy bills to ease the burden on families this winter.”
The government was accused this month of “institutionalising” food banks. Guidance published for councils instructed local authorities to direct struggling families to emergency food handouts, encouraging referrals to foodbanks and describing charities as “delivery partners”.
“Embedding charitable food aid further through government funding is tantamount to institutionalising food banks in this country,” Sabine Goodwin, coordinator of the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) which comprises more than 500 food banks across the UK, told The Big Issue.