Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry food bank serves 10,000th person

A scheme that gives out food parcels in Coventry has served its 10,000th person after being in operation for 18 months.

The Trussell Trust Foodbank takes food items that have been donated by the public and then redistributes them to those in need.

The food was served by lord mayor Tim Sawdon.

Gavin Kibble, of the food bank, said that data showed about 20% of people in the area lived on or around the breadline.

He said: "Amongst the Trussell Trust food banks, there are 230 around the country, we are by far, in a way, the largest.

"That is simply because the churches, 11 of them, have all decided to feed Coventry.

"There's nothing peculiar about Coventry, it is a great barometer of what's going on in the nation."

In January, Coventry charities urged local supermarkets for more donations to keep up with the increase in food poverty.

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