Local election candidates in Lichfield are being urged to pledge action to end the need for foodbanks.
Figures have revealed that Lichfield Foodbank saw a 70% increase in the number of emergency parcels given out last year.
National statistics from the Trussell Trust reveals that 2.5million food parcels were distributed nationally between April 2020 and March 2023 – an increase of 128% over five years.
A spokesperson for Lichfield Foodbank has called on those seeking election locally to put the issue top of the agenda.
“Last year we gave out 4741 emergency food parcels, a 70% increase on the previous year.
“This isn’t right.
“We’re calling on candidates in the May elections to pledge to end the need for foodbanks so we can build a hunger-free future.”Lichfield Foodbank spokesperson
The Trussell Trust said a number of issues were forcing people to use foodbanks, including ill health, problems with the benefit system and changes in circumstances.
Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust said:
“This pandemic has shown the unexpected can hit suddenly but we know when we push for change, united by our desire for justice and compassion, the Government has to listen and act.
“We are asking the public to write to local candidates standing for election on 6th May, asking them to commit to working to end the need for food banks if elected.”Emma Revie, Trussell Trust