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    Concerns foodbank use could be much higher than first thought

    Written by on January 9, 2020

    New research has suggested more emergency food parcels are being handed out in Scotland than previously thought.

    Soaring numbers in recent years have been solely provided by the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest network of food banks.

    But a new joint study by two charities has found the true number could be far higher.

    They suggest over a quarter of a million food parcels were provided by independent food banks, between April 2018 and September last year.

    That would mean the total number across Scotland during that period was almost 600,000.

    The SNP have hit out at the Tory government, calling on them to “wake up” to the growing food bank crisis. Shona Robison MSP said:

    “While food banks do an excellent job of providing support for those who need it, the fact that they even exist is a damning indictment of Tory policies which are actively driving people into desperate situations.

    “The blame for this national scandal lies solely with the Tory party – and the grim reality of cuts to benefits, delayed social security payments, and placing sanctions on vulnerable people at every opportunity.”