Food bank usage soars across Gloucestershire
HANDOUTS from Gloucester's food banks have never been more important.
Sophy Gardner, Labour's parliamentary candidate for the city, visited Gloucester Foodbank on Wednesday to find out more about what they do.
She said: "I have been volunteering in a Wiltshire food bank, so it was an interesting comparison."
The visit came as it emerged that the number of people using food banks in parts of Gloucestershire had more than doubled in a year, according to a study by the Trussell Trust.
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The research looked at the number of people accessing food banks between April 1 and June 30, 2012, and the same period in 2013.
Gloucester's food bank saw a 52 per cent increase in uptake from 614 people to 937 in the year.
Stroud's food bank was used 353 times in the 2012 period and 876 times in the following year, showing a whopping 148 per cent increase.
But the biggest increase was in Cheltenham, where usage went up by a massive 319 per cent.
Chris Mould, chairman of the Trussell Trust, said: "That thousands more people are turning to food banks for emergency food is a stark reminder of how tough things have become for many ordinary people."