Liverpool news More children using Liverpool foodbanks as coronavirus impact grows MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - There are worries hardship will continue to rise as the economic fallout of the virus hits
Breaking News ! The numbers of children going hungry in Liverpool since the start of the pandemic is continuing to rise, data from the city's foodbanks shows. There are now fears the problem will get worse through the autumn as the economic damage of the coronavirus outbreak starts to more fully emerge. St Andrew's Community Network, which operates North Liverpool Foodbank, has seen an 11% rise in the number of children fed through its food banks. Operations manager Simon Huthwaite said that figure, which comes on the back of a 62% rise year before, masked the scale of the problem. He said: "Since the start of lockdown we have only seen an 11 percent increase in children fed through food banks but obviously that does not take into account all the other community-based food delivery programs that have sprung into action. "There are many across the city that were delivering food directly to a family's door. That means they will never come through our system but they are in receiving food in some way." The pandemic has piled more pressure on a system already dealing with a huge rise in the numbers of people it is feeding. Mr Huthwaite's teams had to completely reconfigure the way the foodbanks work to allow for social distancing and many of his colleagues are still having to work from home. Read More Related Articles The best stories sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles The Liverpool Echo has a free app and here's how to download it They are now working on implementing a "pantry" system to provide families with a stable of food items regularly as part of a push to help them in the longer term and to provide a less reactive supply of food. While the reasons for referral before the pandemic had often been due to people suffering delays in getting their benefits or having their benefits sanctioned, that has now shifted, with many of the families accessing the foodbanks having never done so before and pushed to do so because of the economic fallout of the virus.
. She said organisations across the city had also found it difficult to deal with frequent changes in policy from the government over whether kids on free school meals would continue to get vouchers. The government decided to supply vouchers for kids during the half term - but only after some children had already finished for the holidays, and u-turned on providing the same support over the summer holidays after campaigning by Premier League star Marcus Rashford and lobbying from community organisations. Put your postcode in to see what foodbank is nearest to you and how you can help
Councillor Corbett said Liverpool Council, now in an increasingly perilous financial state, had spent more than £1million to provide children entitled to the support with food while waiting for the government's policies to be enacted and for them to provide councils with the money to implement them. She said: "There was the whole debacle about what they were going to do over the summer holidays. Then there were issues at the start of lockdown with the system parents used to access the vouchers. "We had parents losing their entire monthly data allowance trying to access them. That has got better but all of those issues are areas where we needed to step into help and where families were under even more pressure." Councillor Corbett said that while the easing of lockdown meant some parts of the economy were in a marginal recovery, the end of the furlough scheme in October was likely to bring a new wave of need. She said: "Food insecurity is one of the most sensitive indicators we have at indicating poverty on the ground. "While we are continuing to see it rise, and it's likely that will continue throughout the autumn, more and more families in Liverpool will be struggling througout their lives."
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