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Hampshire based foodbank concerned by rise in families needing food parcels

Alton Foodbank - picture credited to Jonny Freeman

A Hampshire based foodbank has told us it's seen a rise in the number of people needing its support.

Figures released by The Trussell Trust earlier this week show a record number of parcels are being handed out to families across the UK.

Ian Dane is the Project Manager for the foodbank in Alton.

He's told us he's concerned lots of families are ending up in troubling situations where they desperately need help:

"Circumstances happen that people suddenly find themselves without money and food and need to feed their families.

"That's really an ongoing problem - and something we've seen increasing in the area in the last year."

Ian feels it's vital those in need are offered permanent ways out of the issues they’re facing:

"We in the foodbanks aren't here to provide long term support.

"It's very expensive to live here, work is uncertain for people and the benefits system is such that some people experience delays accessing their benefits and they run out of money to buy food.

"We're here to help people through a crisis and then help to signpost them to different agencies, who can work with them to deal with their long term problems."

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