TAK­ING TOLL

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

vThe num­ber of hardup fam­i­lies who are be­ing forced to turn to food­banks is con­tin­u­ing to rise.

Fig­ures re­leased this week have re­vealed that be­tween April 1 and Septem­ber 30, 2052 three- day emer­gency food sup­plies were pro­vided to lo­cal peo­ple in cri­sis by the West Loth­ian Food­bank.

This com­pares to 1914 dur­ing the same pe­riod last year and an in­crease of seven per cent. Of this, 665 food parcels went to chil­dren.

The food­bank, a mem­ber of The Trus­sell Trust net­work, said things might get worse as tra­di­tion­ally it sees a spike in food­bank use in the months lead­ing up to Christ­mas due cold weather and high en­ergy bills.

Kath­leen Neilly, man­ager of West Loth­ian Food­bank, is ask­ing the com­mu­nity to help them pre­pare for their busiest time of year by do­nat­ing ur­gently needed money or food items

Kath­leen said: “It’s re­ally wor­ry­ing that we are still see­ing

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