The Labour Party has called for urgent action to be taken by the government to address the shocking recent increase in food poverty linked to the coronavirus crisis.
The Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) has revealed that the number of food parcels issued across 147 of its food banks increased by an average of nearly 60% between February 20th and March 20th.
The Trussell Trust has reported that the Covid-19 period has been its busiest ever, with 81% more emergency food parcels being supplied compared to the same period last year.
The Food Foundation published a report earlier this month that said 1.5 million people had gone an entire day without eating since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.
“There is more than enough food in our supply chains to make sure that everyone has enough to eat. This is now not a crisis of food supply, it’s a crisis of poverty,” Labour’s Luke Pollard commented.