Record numbers of desperate people in Birmingham are turning to foodbanks as benefit cuts begin to take their toll. More than 16,000 food parcels were given out by Trussell Trust in the six months between April and September this year – a rise of 10 per cent compared to last year.

The charity, which runs more than 400 foodbanks in the UK, has blamed changes to the benefits system and low pay for the increase in people living on the breadline.

The Birmingham Central foodbank in Ladywood gave out 2,714 emergency food parcels to the city’s poorest over a six-month period, while 3,299 parcels were handed out at its Smethwick foodbank.

Each parcel given out by volunteers contains a three-day supply of non-perishable food donated by the public.

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