Cambridgeshire

Rise in need for free food boxes in Cambridge

A scheme in Cambridge which hands out free boxes of food to people in need has witnessed a sudden surge in demand.

A branch of the charity Foodbank started up in the city in August.

According to the latest figures, 139 vouchers for food boxes were redeemed last month, compared to 259 vouchers in total for its first seven months in operation.

Foodbank manager Urszula Chojnacka said: "I think people are really being affected by cuts in benefit."

Ms Chojnacka said: "The demand has increased phenomenally."

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