FOODBANKS: This can’t go on!

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As foodbank demand rockets one volunteer says: ‘This can’t go on’ 
A foodbank in York Picture: Dave Harrison

A foodbank in York

THE use of foodbanks across North Yorkshire has rocketed by 40 per cent in the last two years, according to a poverty charity.

The Trussel Trust says the number of people using food banks has increased across the county from 4,791 between April and September 2017 to 6,798 over the same period in 2019.

This year, 1,738 of the customers were based in York.

Adam Raffell, spokesman for York Foodbank, said the level of people using foodbanks in York has stayed high over the last two years – and that Christmas is “one of the worst times of the year”.

He said: “We are seeing up to 40 per cent of people returning to the food bank more than once a month. Sadly we have not seen a decrease or improvement since we reached peak levels…

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