Food banks have been forced to close as the heatwave brings record-breaking temperatures to the UK.
As temperatures are predicted to hit more than 41C, a number of food banks across the country will be shut on Monday and Tuesday. Others have had to adjust their working conditions to ensure people’s safety.
Sabine Goodwin, coordinator of the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN), said: “Soaring temperatures will inevitably hit people living on low incomes the hardest. Job centre, advice centre and food bank closures will be sure to make matters worse for people struggling to get by.
“Food bank teams are already being pushed to breaking point as they try to source supplies and cope with rising demand. The heat emergency adds yet more challenges to their work and yet again the government is asking too much of volunteers and food aid charities at the brink of collapse.”
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The Trussell Trust’s Stratford-upon-Avon food bank is closed for both food parcel collections and food donations “due to the extreme heat and to ensure the safety of volunteers”.
Burngreave food bank in Sheffield is also closed and unable to accept donations on Monday, and Ely food bank in Cambridgeshire will be closed until Wednesday. Hackney food bank is closed for donations on Monday and Tuesday, although its distribution centres remain open.