Food banks are turning to charity themselves over the impact of Universal Credit.
A charity has reported a “dramatic” increase in the number of food banks applying for cash donations – and blames the introduction of Universal Credit.
One Community, the community foundation for Kirklees, last year awarded 174 funding grants to support local voluntary groups.
However, the charity was shocked to see a big increase in applications from organisations working to provide the day-to-day essentials.
The foundation has supported local food banks with grants totalling over £13,000 in the last couple of years.
The Welcome Centre in Huddersfield town centre, the Bread of Life Centre, based at St John’s Church in Birkby and Holme Valley Foodbank have all been beneficiaries.
A spokesman for the foundation, describing the rise in applications from food banks as “dramatic”, added: “The work they do is invaluable for some of the most vulnerable people in our local area, people living at the margins, without enough food to get by.
“One of the big issues leading to increasing demand on local food banks is the impact Universal Credit is having on people’s ability to get by.
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