Kirkcaldy foodbank helping 50% more people since last year

Foodbank use is rising in Kirkcaldy

The number of food parcels handed out by a charity in Fife has risen by 50% compared to this time last year.

Kirkcaldy foodbank has supplied over 160,000 meals to struggling people during 2018, up from over 110,000 the previous year.

Figures show the number of meals they have handed out since December 2014 is fast approaching half a million.

Benefits reforms, including the roll-out of Universal Credit, is being blamed for the rise.

Bosses there are claiming food poverty in the town is the worst they have ever seen.

The chair of the foodbank, Joyce Leggate, is explaining why they are helping rising numbers of struggling people:

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