Shocking new figures for foodbank referrals
More than half come from families with young children
More than half of foodbank referrals to a Dundee charity are from households with children, shocking new figures reveal.
Estimates by Taught by Muhammad (TBM) show 54% of food parcels delivered in the city between August and the start of November were to families with under-16s.
Rizwan Rafik, project manager at TBM, said the figures were “quite high” but that they aligned with recent figures from the End Child Poverty Coalition which estimated more than a quarter of the city’s children are living in poverty.
He said: “Sadly the high number of families being referred is something we see on a daily basis.
“The situation doesn’t seem to be improving. The thing is, people who are in crisis will often think about their children first before themselves.
“They won’t want their kids to go without – that’s the last thing they would wish to happen.
“It’s so important for schoolchildren to get a balanced diet. For them to do well in education, nutrition goes hand in hand.”
The figures also reveal 57% of households were claiming either because of a delay or a change in benefits, something reported throughout the UK as Universal Credit is rolled out.
Almost half of referrals are for just two of the city’s eight council wards — Coldside makes up 24% of the total, while Lochee contains 22%.
The foodbank, as well as TBM’s various other programmes, is currently on the lookout for additional volunteers.
The charity is hosting a volunteer information evening on Wednesday at Sizzlers on Guthrie Street from 7pm, where free food will be provided.
Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s important for school children to get a balanced diet. RIZWAN RAFIK
Rizwan Rafik of the charity TBM.