Thousands of people helped by food banks

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The shocking number of people who are forced to seek help from Derbyshire’s food banks has been revealed.

Over the last year 6,117 residents – including nearly 2,100 children – were handed three days of emergency produce from the county’s food banks, according to the Trussell Trust.

The charity says the rising cost of living combined with low incomes, high unemployment and benefit changes are causing more people to turn to foodbanks for help.

Over the Christmas period the Ripley & Heanor News launched its Feed our 
Families campaign where we asked readers to donate food to help the food bank in Ripley run by the Salvation Army cope with demand.

Our appeal was a massive success as generous readers went above and beynd to help the cause.

We decided to get involved after hearing about the huge surge in local families needing help to simply put food on the table.

Nationally, nearly one million adults and children have received at least three days worth of emergency help from food banks over the past 12 months – a 162 per cent jump on the previous year.