A food bank boss has spoken out poignantly about his heartbreaking Christmas trying to help hundreds of tearful, “broken” people in need.

Denis Curran MBE revealed that his charity gave out 400 parcels of bare necessities over the festive season – 100 more than the year before. He believes the plight of the poor in today’s Scotland is worse than it was in World War II.

Denis, chairman of Glasgow-based charity Loaves and Fishes, said: “In an educated country, people are routinely being humiliated by having to beg for food. This did not happen during the war.

“Things were hard then, but food was bought.”

Denis, 74, said desperate families queued round the block for help at his charity’s centre in East Kilbride over Christmas and New Year. Some parents had to ask for toys so their kids would have something from Santa.

Denis said he saw “faces filled with despair”, and “children not understanding why their mum or dad is crying”.

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