DEMAND for emergency food from needy families has increased by 118 per cent since last year, new figures show.
There appears to be not let up in the number of Burton families in the grip of food poverty, the figures from the town’s Salvation Army suggest.
The charity handed out 109 parcels in March – up from 50 in March 2013, and the first time more than 100 had been handed out in a single month.
These were used to provide food for 244 vulnerable people, including 100 children, who could have gone hungry.
The number of handouts is also a 250 per cent rise since March 2012.
Vic Wileman (pictured), of the Burton Corps of the Salvation Army, said: “This year is exceeding the pace of that experienced during the end of 2013.
“Demand is now running at over double last year’s supplied food parcels, which in itself is double 2012.
“Our projections for this year envisage between 1,300 and 1,500 emergency food parcels.
“This will require upwards of 70,000 items of food, including tinned, dry goods and fresh items.”
So far in 2014, the Salvation Army has provided more than 13,000 items of food to 626 people – the same as 4,382 days worth of meals.