Foodbank workers have asked an MP for help after recording a 50% increase in the amount of needy using the service.
Coordinator Mark Parfitt at Storehouse, which operates out of Aylesbury Vineyard Church, met with MP David Lidington to discuss the increase in struggling people using the service.
Senior pastor Lyn Burnhope, who has recorded that Storehouse has given out £10 worth of food to 1,126 people so far this year, said: “We have given 50% more parcels than this time last year, and we have had to increase the size of them up to a week’s worth of food.
“The main reason for people using the service is because people have had their benefits suspended. When that happens there is a waiting period where they have to wait to see what’s happened and they are without money.
“Then, even if they appeal a decision it can take weeks, and they are often left for weeks without a source of food.”
Storehouse has now affiliated itself with the End Hunger Fast campaign, which is lobbying the Government to review welfare reforms and address the problems of rising food costs compared to dwindling pay increases.
When someone is referred to Storehouse they are given a supply of non-perishable food to last five or six days.
Items include tinned meat, UHT milk and frozen bread.
And the Storehouse team would like to hear experiences from members of the public that they can feed back to Mr Lidington.
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