EMERGENCY food parcels being dished out to families in need has already more than doubled compared to all of last year.
The Salvation Army, in Mosley Street, Burton, is continuing to provide and pack food parcels for families made known to them by social services and other organisations who may have fallen on hard times and need emergency help.
However, it has now revealed it is continuing to see demand ever-increasing as the benefit changes come into effect.
Vic Wileman, a member of the Burton branch, said: “The number of food parcels supplied is in excess of 50 per cent, greater than last year, at the eight month point.
“Statistics at the eight month point (this year) saw us deliver, 420 emergency food parcels (279 in 2012), serving 556 adults and 390 children. The parcels included some 14,000 items of tinned, dry and fresh food. As all our parcels contain food designed to last, each person or child, seven days, this means 6,622 meals have been provided.
“We are seeing several cases where the adults are going without food, giving what little food they have to their children. This has a major concern in that the adult’s health is at high risk, and therefore the subsequent risk to the children. We undertake an education exercise, in addition to providing the seven day food package of balanced meals.”
The Salvation Army rely on the generosity of the public and organisation which support the church with donations of food, including the people who deposit items of food in the food collection box in Sainsbury’s, in Union Street, Burton.
Mr Wileman added: “Our thanks to Sainsbury’s for their continue help and support. Without this support, we would not be able to meet this ever increasing demand for help, from needy people locally.
Anyone who wants to donate food can visit the food box in Sainsbury’s or drop in to the Mosley Street church.