THE manager of Wirral's Foodbank has launched an urgent appeal for Globe readers' help as shocking figures show 4,531 three-day emergency food supplies were handed out between April 1 and September 30.

Of that, 1,322 went to children. 

Cold weather, high energy bills and the introduction of Universal Credit on November 15 are just some of the reasons people are likely to be in crisis and in need of food ahead of Christmas.

Wirral Foodbank community needs your help as it prepare for their busiest time of year by donating urgently needed food items, as shown on their

Richard Roberts, manager of Wirral Foodbank, said: "Every week people are referred to us for emergency food assistance, this could be for a delayed benefit payment, debt, low income or an unexpected bill.

“The introduction of Universal Credit on November 15 may well contribute to an increase in those seeking our assistance over the next six – twelve months.

“It is only with local people’s help that we are able to provide vital support when it matters most, and whilst we hope one day there will be no need for our work, until that day comes we will be working hard to help prevent people going hungry.

“Thank you so much to everyone who already donates time, food and money to help local people. If you’re not already involved, we would love to hear from you!”

Mark Ward, Interim Chief Executive at The Trussell Trust, said: “We’re seeing soaring demand at foodbanks across the UK. Our network is working hard to stop people going hungry but the simple truth is that even with the enormous generosity of our donors and volunteers, we’re concerned foodbanks could struggle to meet demand this winter if critical changes to benefit delivery aren’t made now.

“People cannot be left for weeks without any income, and when that income does come, it must keep pace with living costs – foodbanks cannot be relied upon to pick up the pieces.

“Without urgent action from policy-makers and even more generous practical support from the public, we don’t know how foodbanks are going to stop families and children going hungry this Christmas.”

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