Responding to data from the Trussell Trust which shows April to September 2019 to be the busiest half-year period for food banks in their network since the charity opened, Danny Chambers said:
“The UK remains one of the world’s richest countries, yet for six months of this year 823,145 emergency food parcels were given to people in crisis.
“Unemployment is low in Cornwall but poverty levels are high and that is because more than 40% of people earn less than the living wage. People are working hard and they’re working long hours, yet they are still having to go to foodbanks to feed their children.”
“40% of children in Camelford and Bodmin are going to school hungry. Most of them have parents in full time work and they are playing by the rules. They cannot get a decent standard of living and that is absolutely wrong.”
Yvonne King, knows the plight of those facing in-work-poverty as the Manager of Launceston Food Bank, says: “55% of the clients who use the Launceston Food Bank are in work, but worse off. They are not on benefits.”
“People using Launceston Food Bank consider themselves lucky if they earn the living wage of £9/hour. With rents reaching £700/month, electricity costs and limited public transport in North Cornwall it can be very costly for the worst-off financially.”
Danny added, “Following years of brutal Tory cuts in North Cornwall, a vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to end poverty by tackling low wages and to build a fairer economy, ensuring every child has the best start in life.”
Yvonne thanked the community of Launceston for its ongoing generosity. Over the next few weeks, in the lead up to Christmas, the most overlooked donations can be the basics. Any donations of tinned meat, tinned vegetables and pasta sauces would be most appreciated by the Food Bank.
Link to Trussell Trust announcement: https://www.trusselltrust.org/2019/11/13/april-sept-2019-foodbank-figures/