Food Banks are struggling to meet the demand for food during the school holidays. David McAuley, chief executive of anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust, has warned that some hubs within the 420-strong network are running dangerously low on supplies.
“Rising demand in the summer holidays as families struggle to get by without free school meals” is at the root of the problem, he said.
Rev Chris Lewis who helps at a Swansea Food Bank said that last Friday, “We got to a critically low level. The absence of free school meals during holidays contributes to a certain amount of hardship and pressure on food banks. I wasn’t able to count exactly how many people came in on Friday because I had to go out and get a bag of large potatoes from off site to help with the demand.”
We learn about the Trussell Trust as part of our GCSE in Religious Studies as we look at Christian Practices.
In April 2017 Food Banks were in the news when Theresa May as part of her election campaign went onto BBC television and responded to the presenter Andrew Marr’s point that NHS nurses were having to go to Food Banks which was surely wrong.
Theresa May replied: “There are many complex reasons why people go to food banks and I want to create an economy where we have a strong economy where we pay for public services that we need but we are also creating secure jobs.”
Marr said: “The problem people have is that they haven’t got enough money to eat at the moment.”
The Prime Minister said: “Yes, and you’re only going to be able to do this if you have strength in the economy.”