Thousands of food bank workers and volunteers have signed an open letter to Liz Truss calling for urgent help as they face “breaking point”.
It was delivered to the prime minister on Monday by representatives from the Trussell Trust, Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) and Feeding Britain.
The letter warned that food banks are “struggling to cope” as demand outstrips donations. “We are overstretched and exhausted. Many of our organisations are at breaking point,” it reads.
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It was signed by more than 3,000 volunteers and staff working with food banks, food pantries, food clubs, soup kitchens and community kitchens across the UK.
They urged the government to take “action to end the need for charitable food aid by ensuring everyone has enough income, from work and social security, to buy the essentials”.
Food bank workers said they regularly meet people who are skipping meals so they can feed their children and others who can’t afford to turn on their fridges or ovens.