EMERGENCY food parcels being dished out to families in need has already more than doubled compared to last year.
The Salvation Army is continuing to provide and pack food parcels for families made known to them by social services and other organisations who may have fallen on hard times and need emergency help.
However, it has now revealed it is continuing to see demand ever-increasing as the benefit changes come into effect.
The number of parcels supplied to Uttoxeter families has already increased by 272 per cent compared to last year.
Vic Wileman, a member of the Uttoxeter branch, said: “The number of food parcels supplied is in excess of 50 per cent, greater than last year, at the eight month point.
“Statistics at the eight month point this year saw us deliver 420 emergency food parcels, serving 556 adults and 390 children.
“We delivered 279 emergency food parcels in 2012.
“The parcels included some 14,000 items of tinned, dry and fresh food. As all our parcels contain food designed to last, each person or child, seven days, this means 6,622 meals have been provided.
“Uttoxeter, at this point has 82 emergency food parcels, compared to 22 in 2012, serving 103 adults and 85 children.
“Meals provided to Uttoxeter people in need are 1,316.
“We are seeing several cases where the adults are going without food, giving what little food they have to their children.
“This has a major concern in that the adult’s health is at high risk, and therefore the subsequent risk to the children.
“We undertake an education exercise, in addition to providing the seven day food package of balanced meals.”
The Salvation Army relies on the generosity of the public and organisation which support the church with donations of food, including the people who deposit items of food in the food collection box in Uttoxeter’s Tesco store, in Town Meadows Way.
Mr Wileman said: “Our thanks to Tesco for their continue help and support.
“Without this support, we would not be able to meet this ever-increasing demand for help from a whole range of local people who are in need.”
The Salvation Army’s food banks are unique in that they work almost exclusively with partners.
These include social services, housing organisations, charities and other organisations working with the poor and disadvantaged in society.
Further information on the Salvation Army’s work, including its food bank campaign, is available by going online and visiting www.salvationarmy.org.uk.