the meal Banks are preparing for a big surge in demand as gas prices rise and universal credit cuts are available for people to leave less cash to eat.
The Universal Credit Cut has been implemented this week and heating bills are set to rise further, and the effects of both will be felt in the next few weeks, with organizers expecting more people to need help than usual.
At Bluarthall Parish Church, Glasgow Northwest Food Bank, staff and volunteers are as busy as they were eight years ago.
During the 2020 epidemic, they helped 8,728 people, including 2,828 children. This was lower than in 2019 but the reason is that there were more places offering temporary food aid during epidemics. Overall demand was much higher.
Food bank manager Rev. Melvin Wood said he expects more people at the door when emergency support ends and small temporary food banks close.
He added: “We always say we want to see an end to food banks, but recent developments tell us that we have been in it for a long time. We are preparing ourselves for the time to come.
The biggest reasons people ask for help are low income, change in benefits and delay in benefits.
Due to low income, people were asked for help which increased from 1806 in 2019 to 3975 last year.
Reewood said he is also seeing a decline in donations as donors feel the rising cost of living.
“People continue to donate food generously. We are afraid of the impact it will have on our donors and we have already seen a decline,” he said.
Food Bank Treasurer Liz Glenn said: “Donations are dwindling. By mid-November, demand will continue to grow.
He said he had recently been approached by someone who did not have gas or electricity and who had not had food for several days.
The impact of rising energy prices is a concern for the food bank.
Lease added: “We have no cash payment for the bills.”
Reewood added: “It’s hard to solve. It’s easy to help with food poverty, but you can’t go out and buy a can of gas.
Anas Sarwar, Scottish Labor leader, was visiting the Food Bank to see what they were doing and discuss the cost of life’s crises and what help was needed.
“Here and now, we have a crisis of life that is exacerbated by rising fuel costs and the embarrassing reduction in universal credit, the increase in energy limits and the depletion of furloughs,” he said.
“There are food banks here and all over the city. We need immediate action.
If we are to meet our child poverty targets, we must continue the campaign to reverse the global credit cut and double Scottish child payments.
“We also want to increase the winter fuel payments that have been handed over to the Scottish Government. We want to maintain that power. Scotland And merge it up to 70. Let’s do this now. ”
Polly Jones, head of Scotland for the Trasel Trust, said it was not just families who were asking for help and many single adults and couples were using the food bank.
There was food, gas and electricity, as well as the cost of travel.
He said: “There are groups that are not getting targeted support.
“We know people are worried about skipping meals and turning off the heating and can’t afford bus fares to work centers or food banks. It’s expensive,” Polly said.