North-east Lincolnshire foodbank sees increase in demand

A foodbank which helps people in Grimsby and Cleethorpes has said it has seen a "huge increase" in demand over the past six months.

Sarah Taylor, general manager of the Daily Bread Food Larder, said it had given away as much food in the past six months as it had in the whole of 2011.

She claimed changes in the benefits system were behind the increase in demand.

The project is run by churches in north-east Lincolnshire.

Ms Taylor said demand was at its highest since the foodbank opened six years ago.

Donations 'essential'

"Over the last couple of years since the recession of 2008 we have seen a 32% increase in the number of food parcels we give," she said.

"It really has just exploded this year with the increasing need."

Last year two foodbanks opened in Hull and East Yorkshire.

Ms Taylor said she was concerned that additional changes in the benefits system would increase demand further.

She said the charity was relying more and more on Harvest Festival donations from churches and schools to replenish its food stocks.

"They have been really essential," she said.

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