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Hard-up families getting food parcels
8:48am Saturday 8th September 2012 in News
DESPERATE families in York are turning to food parcels from the Salvation Army as economic hardship continues to bite.
The Christian organisation said the number of hand-outs it had provided to hard-up residents over the past year was up 40 per cent on the same period in 2011.
In December, The Press reported how the Salvation Army was seeing a growing number of people being referred to them by social services for Christmas handouts of toys and food. However, the demand for help has continued to rise throughout 2012.
During the period from January to July, a total of 395 parcels were distributed.
Major Andrew Dunkinson said: “The impact of austerity measures coupled with rising prices, unemployment and changes in housing, incapacity and other benefits are pushing more people into poverty.”
“Some households are trying to accommodate extended family and friends who are at risk of homelessness but this is putting additional burden on their finances. Our food parcels are a lifeline to those who struggle at times to support themselves and their families.”