A British charity reported on Wednesday that More than a million food aid packages were distributed to children in the UK last year, an increase of 37% year-on-year linked to the cost-of-living crisis in the European country.
Between April 2022 and March 2023, The non-governmental organization Trussell Trust, which operates a large network of food banks in the country, has distributed nearly three million food parcels, In a statement prepared by Agence France-Presse, the non-governmental organization said that a third of it is exclusively for children, which represents an increase of 37% in one year.
“The new figures are deeply worrying and show that an increasing number of people have no choice but to turn to charity…and it’s just not fair,” Emma Revie, managing director of the Trossell Trust, said in the published statement. On the NGO website.
🧵 In the past year, food banks in our network have distributed nearly 3 million emergency food parcels.
❗ More than a million of them are for kids.
❗ This is the largest number of packages our network has ever distributed in a year.
❗ It’s 120% more than it was 5 years ago. pic.twitter.com/HmvqPEQaZc
– Trussell Trust (TrussellTrust) April 26, 2023
Rifi pointed out that in the past five years there has been a steady increase in the delivery of food aid packages, in conjunction with the loss of purchasing power and the failure of the social assistance system, which he considers “insufficient”.
“The social benefits do not reflect the basic costs (of the house) and so people fall more into misery.”he insisted.
According to the association, statistics show that last year more than 760,000 people came to the organization for the first time, and that the demand for food aid proves the extent of the crisis experienced by British families, who are facing higher inflation at 10% annually.
All regions of the UK were affected, with parcel deliveries increasing by at least 28% in each region, to 54% in the country’s poorer North East.