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Linda Campbell, Tom Willis and Steve Younger sort out provisions at Hamilton foodbank.
Nearly 5000 people in South Lanarkshire were given a three-day emergency food parcel over the past year – and almost 1500 of them were children.
According to the latest figures from The Trussell Trust, 3242 adults and 1490 children were given a three-day emergency food parcel from one of their foodbanks in South Lanarkshire in the financial year 2014/15.
There are currently three Trussell Trust foodbanks in South Lanarkshire.
At the Hamilton foodbank, which runs out of The Nazarene Hall, St. Andrew’s Church, Blantyre, and Hillhouse Parish Church, Hamilton, there were 1695 people helped in 2014/15.
Of those helped, a shocking 448 were children.
At the Clyde, Avon and Nethan Foodbank, based in Union Street, Larkhall, there were 839 people helped including 345 children.
The Rutherglen and Cambuslang foodbank helped 2188 people, including 697 children.
Across Scotland The Trussell Trust say in the 2014/15 financial year 117,689 people – including 36,114children – received a three-day supply of emergency food from one of their foodbanks.
The figures represent a 65 per cent increase on the previous year and reveal that almost one third of those using Trussell Trust foodbanks in Scotland are children.
The charity say a large number of cases are due to benefit delays or changes, including sanctions, and working people on a low income, such as those on zero-hours contracts.
Ewan Gurr, Scotland Network Manager for The Trussell Trust said: “Despite welcome signs of economic recovery, hunger continues to affect significant numbers of men, women and children in Scotland.
“The full extent of the problem could well be much wider as The Trussell Trust figures do not include people who are helped by other food charities or those who
simply feel too ashamed to seek help.
“Trussell Trust foodbanks are increasingly hosting additional services like debt counselling and welfare advice at our foodbanks, which is helping more people out of crisis.
“The latest figures highlight how vital it is that we all work to prevent and relieve hunger in the United Kingdom.
“It is absolutely crucial that we listen to the challenges of those using foodbanks to truly understand the nature of the challenges people face.
“The experiences of those who experience hunger is the key to the finding a solution.”