LONDON (Reuters) - British food banks are seeing more families needing their support as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forces struggling people to seek help, charities and volunteers say.
The rise in those out of work has resulted in more people turning to food banks, which provide emergency food supplies to families in need.
The Trussell Trust, which runs more than 1,300 food bank centres across Britain, says it provided 1.2 million food parcels between April and September, with a huge rise in people needing its support for the first time.
It forecasts there will be a 61% increase in food parcels required across its network from October to December, the equivalent of six parcels given out every minute.
“The ideal would be for the government obviously to up everybody’s payment that they get every week to a reasonable amount where they don’t have to then seek help from food banks,” said Sahar Beg, chief executive of the Tooting Community Kitchen.
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