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Demand for emergency food in Burton continues to rise in 2014

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

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EMERGENCY food parcels were delivered to scores of vulnerable Burton children last month, new figures show.

The Salvation Army’s emergency food operation in Mosley Street supplied 86 parcels in January, which fed 116 adults and 81 children in the town’s poorest families.

There appears to be no let up in demand as last month’s figure was almost double the 44 supplied in January 2013.

Vic Wileman, who overseas the Salvation Army’s emergency food operation, told the Mail that the charity was struggling to supply the rising number of hard-up families.

He said: “This year has started at a similar pace to that experienced during the latter months of 2013.

“The demand, however, is running at double last year, which in itself is double 2012.

“With this level of demand, we find our cupboards, are almost empty, creating a need for significant funds to be invested in ensuring every request for food help, is met as the need occurs.”

Mr Wileman added that the charity adopted a ‘holistic’ support to struggling Burton families.

He said: “This ensures that not only do we put food in the mouths of those in need, the issues that have caused this situation, are addressed.

“The support we receive from members of the public, whether directly, through their churches, schools, organisations, or businesses, takes the form of donations of food, for use in the emergency food parcels, and cash donations for us to purchase items needed, to complete the balance of items needed, within the parcels.”

Last month the Burton YMCA told the Mail the number of families helped by its food bank had doubled in the last three years.

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