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Foodbank referrals peak just before Christmas

6th December 2016

The Trussell Trust is calling on the public to help families facing hunger this Christmas as foodbanks busiest month of the year begins. Newly released figures reveal that during December 2015, The Trussell Trust’s foodbank network provided 133,734 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis; 56,779 of these went to children. This is a 45% increase on the monthly average of three day emergency supplies provided in the 2015/16 financial year, which was 92,442.

Analysis of five years of Trussell Trust foodbank data by researchers involved in the NEMODE (New Economic Models in the Digital Economy) report from the University of Hull, Coppelia and AAM Associates* shows a spike during the winter months, with the highest number of referrals in the two weeks just before Christmas.

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