Food bank use has ‘skyrocketed’ in Kent, says MEP

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 December 2013

Food bank use has “skyrocketed” in Kent in the last year, according to a report by Green MEP Keith Taylor.

Between April and November this year, more people have used food banks in Kent than did between April 2012 and April 2013, according to the report called Hungry Britain which is based on figures from foodbank network The Trussell Trust.

There are now six food banks in Kent, compared to only one in 2011-2012.

The MEP for south-east England said: “Food banks are a lifeline to those in need and, sadly, one of Britain’s booming industries.

“In the sixth largest economy in the world no-one should be relying on emergency food handouts at Christmas, it’s a national disgrace.”

The Reporter featured the Gravesham Food Bank earlier this month which runs from three sites during the week: St Paul’s United Reformed Church in Singlewell Road, Gravesend Methodist Church in Milton Road, and Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Life Start Connections in St Clement’s Close.

It catered for 2,200 people in the past 13 months according to project manager David Idowu.

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