Numbers relying on Falkirk Foodbank donations continues to rise

Falkirk player Will Vaulks joined his teammates to volunteer at Falkirk Foodbank in December last year. Picture: Michael Gillen
Falkirk player Will Vaulks joined his teammates to volunteer at Falkirk Foodbank in December last year. Picture: Michael Gillen
  • More than 4000 adults and 1000 children received foodbank donations in Falkirk in past year
  • Falkirk Foodbank now issuing more than six tons of groceries each month
  • More than one million people across the UK have received foodbank donations over 2014-15
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The number of referrals to Falkirk Foodbank has 
increased 28 per cent in the last year and the charity is now issuing more than six tons of food each month.

The local figures can be reported in the same week that its operators, the Trussell Trust, which runs foodbanks across the UK, revealed more than 100,000 people in Scotland received donations in a single year for the first time.

Despite signs of economic recovery, hunger continues to affect significant numbers of people in Scotland

Ewan Gurr

More than one million people have used them across the UK - a new record.

There has been a 65 per cent increase in referrals nationally from the previous year and almost one third of those using foodbanks in Scotland are children.

Alistair Blackstock, chairman of Falkirk Foodbank, said: “The main reason for referrals locally is benefit delays, benefit changes and, increasingly, people struggling with debt.

“We have seen a 54 per cent rise in people referred due to benefit delays, and a 28 per cent rise in general.

“We expect a similar rise over the next 12 months.”

A total of 6120 people used the Falkirk Foodbank during the 2014/15 financial year, including 1656 children.

Foodbank vouchers are only issued to people in need by care professionals such as doctors, social workers and police.

The Trussell Trust runs around 45 per cent of foodbanks. More than 90 per cent of the items distributed are donated by the public.

“Despite signs of economic recovery, hunger continues to affect significant numbers of people in Scotland,” said Ewan Gurr, Scotland network director for the Trussell Trust.

“The full extent of the problem could well be much wider as our figures do not include people who are helped by other charities or those who feel too ashamed to seek help.”

All major supermarkets in the Falkirk district collect donations on behalf of Falkirk Foodbank.