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Coordinators at Drumchapel Foodbank are seeing increasing numbers of people with physical, mental and learning disabilities.

Campaigners are calling for more to be done to protect people with disabilities, while politicians say the issue must be raised in the UK and Scottish Governments.

Almost 350 people visited the community foodbank, in a deprived area in the west of the city, between February last year and March this year.

Of those users, many of whom had families to feed, 28% said they had mental health difficulties, 21% said they had long term ill health, 14% said they had a physical impairment and 3% said they had a learning disability.

In total the foodbank has fed 1201 people – including family members and dependents – since it began giving out emergency food packages more than a year ago.

Among the users is Steven from Scotstoun. The 44-year-old, who has asked to remain anonymous, has a long history of mental health issues, including depression and paranoia as a result of experiencing violence in his life.

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source: The Evening Times
published: 25 May 2015

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