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Soaring demand has left foodbanks in Wolverhampton severely stretched as the recession has continued to hit families hard.

Use of facilities set up by church-based groups the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd and The Well has increased dramatically this year – with both groups calling on the public for donations of food parcels.

Only last year the Little Brothers, a group dedicated to the poor and destitute, said that it had provided food to 6,496 people in August 2012 – up from 4,394 in January 2011.

But Brother Stephen Brennan, who runs the ministry with two Catholic colleagues, said today: “Our numbers have increased further. We have a lot of families coming to us.

“The greatest problem among our service users is poverty. The soup kitchen is no busier, but the food distribution programme is busier. We are receiving more donations.

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source: Birmingham Mail  
published: 8 May 2013

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