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Foodbanks handed out more than 10 million meals last year as Tory austerity battered society’s most vulnerable.

Figures from the Trussell Trust showed a 6.64% surge in its packages to families struggling with low wages, high living costs and welfare cuts.

A separate report by MPs found up to three million children are going hungry during the school holidays with some losing “a significant” amount of weight.

Labour’s John McDonnell said the figures were a “national disgrace.”

Trussell Trust food banks provided 1,182,954 emergency food supplies between April 1, 2016 and March 31 this year, compared to 1,109,309 in 2015-16.

Each package contains enough food for three meals a day for three days – meaning volunteers provided the equivalent of 10,646,586 meals.

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source: The Mirror
published: 25 April 2017

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