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Food banks are surprisingly controversial things, mainly because in recent times they’ve become politicised. Critics say they have rapidly grown in number because of the coalition’s benefit cutbacks. But for the people who use them, that’s irrelevant. They are a godsend that helps them through a difficult patch.

These aren’t folk who regularly turn to handouts, as far as I know, but those that have reached a crisis. And that could be for any number of reasons. Maybe they’ve lost their job, or have had to splash out on a domestic emergency.

Whatever the reason, the food banks can help them get through a rough time. But recognising that people who turn to food banks are likely to be facing a financial crisis, the Trussell Trust charity is launching a scheme next month to give these struggling people instant financial help.

It plans to link with debt charities to give people in need financial advice and money management as well as emergency food when they turn to food banks.

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source: The Independent
published: 12 August 2014