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Food banks rise prompts 'poverty emergency' call

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Poverty and a growing number of food banks in some parts of South Cumbria have prompted two leading councillors to ask for a Poverty Emergency to be declared.

Food banks in South Lakeland recorded rising levels of demand during the lockdown. The food bank in Ulverston saw a 38 per cent rise from April to July, and Kendal’s reported an 18 per cent growth.

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Councillor Giles Archibald, leader of South Lakeland District Council, and Cllr Suzie Pye, cabinet member for wellbeing and financial resilience, both think it would help those in need.

Cllr Archibald said: “We already have a high level of poverty in some of our wards, and we think this will rise in the coming months.”

Councillor Pye agreed: "I’m alarmed that our existing food banks have been busier during recent months, but we have also seen a lot of new food banks and fare shares opening, this is very worrying as it indicates a growing need.”