Updated: Jul 30, 2020
Unsurprisingly, as a charity we have seen an increase in demand for food, essential household items and household fuel during the first quarter of the financial year.
Sadly, I feel that the worst is yet to come. Companies face difficult decisions as furlough is phased out and as a result we can expect to see a rise in numbers of households facing poverty.
In the meantime, society slowly gets back to 'normal' and poverty becomes hidden from view at a time when need is increasing.
As an example, in recent weeks we have seen a reduction in food donations and now see our stock at the lowest level since lockdown, yet demand for emergency food parcels at the highest level we have experienced.
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