New figures have revealed a huge rise in the number of people using a food bank in Lichfield.
Statistics released for the 2021-22 period have revealed an 89% increase in those requiring assistance compared to the same period before the pandemic in 2019-20.
The increase on 21-22 was 11%, data from Lichfield Foodbank revealed.
But the charity is warning things could get worse after figures for April 2022 showed a 120% rise in usage on the same month in 2021.
A spokesperson said:
“We shouldn’t be surprised by this, considering the removal of the £20 Universal Credit uplift, the huge rise in household energy costs, the price of fuel, and food costs themselves rising.
“Inflation is outstripping household income increases, leaving those on benefits particularly vulnerable.
“Far from everyone being able to afford the essentials, many people in our community are struggling to survive with their dignity and peace of mind intact.”Lichfield Foodbank spokesperson
The figures come despite national figures for the 21-22 period showing a 15% decrease on the previous year and a 14% increase on the pre-pandemic 20-21 year.
A Lichfield Foodbank spokesperson said:
“A city without the need for foodbanks by 2025 may look a long way off just now, but we continue to work towards this, and are working hard to support those who need our services.
“We are working with Citizens Advice and will have an adviser on hand at all of our food distribution sessions for at least the next two years – providing on-the-spot support to our users – with a focus on income maximisation.
“Given time we are confident that this support will impact positively on the number of people seeking help from us.
“The massive increase in numbers of people coming to us is stretching our food stocks to the limit, so please continue to give as you are able.”Lichfield Foodbank spokesperson
People can find out where to donate to Lichfield Foodbank and how to access their service via the organisation’s website.