York Salvation Army claim rising demand for food aid

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More families in York have received food parcels due to economic hardship according to the Salvation Army.

The charity said the number of packs distributed in the city had risen by almost 40% since 2011.

It said it had given out 395 parcels between January and July 2012 compared to 268 in the same period in 2011.

The organisation claimed the rise was because more households are struggling with unemployment and changes in state benefits.

'Food lifeline'

Individuals needing help are referred to the Salvation Army by social services and other local charities.

Major Andrew Dunkinson, from the Army's York office, said: "The impact of austerity measures coupled with rising prices, unemployment and changes in housing, incapacity and other benefits are pushing more people into poverty.

"Our food parcels are a lifeline to those who struggle at times to support themselves and their families."

Food for the parcels is provided through donations.

A basic food parcel costs about £4 and will last an individual for three days. The cost rises to £8-£10 for a family parcel.

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