“After Jacob Rees-Mogg said he found the huge rise in food banks “uplifting” in a live interview on LBC, we went to find out how many people in his constituency use this service.
According to the manager of the Somer Valley Food bank Paul Woodward, over 1,500 people used the food bank last year. Since April, in just over six months, almost 700 people have come to collect food already. This is added to numbers from Bath, where local food banks can see over 20 people a day.
While Jacob Rees-Mogg said food banks are a good thing as they show what a “good compassionate country” the UK is, the numbers paint a different picture.
According to data by the Trussel Trust, which accounts for about half the food banks in the UK, the number of emergency food packs given out has risen from 61,468 in 2010/2011 to 1,182,954 last year.
The Somer Valley Food Bank stated they currently have more stock going out than going in. There are collection boxes at local churches and supermarkets. Mr Woodward said they need the usual long-life food such as tinned meat, fish and vegetables, but also UHT milk and sponge pudding.”