Leeds & West Yorkshire

Increased demand for food parcels in Doncaster 'due to benefits'

Changes to benefits mean twice as many food parcels are being handed out in a South Yorkshire town, a Salvation Army church has said.

Lakeside Community Church in Doncaster has reported a significant increase in the number of families and individuals asking for help.

The church said the numbers had "roughly doubled" to one parcel a day.

Martin Wileman, from the church, said food parcels contained supplies for several days.

"As benefits are changing and people's circumstances are changing, their benefits are reassessed and we find that people's budgets just don't last," Mr Wileman said.

The food parcel includes baked beans, soup, vegetables, spaghetti and desserts and is mainly donated from schools and the church congregation.

Mr Wileman said the amount of food parcels handed out had "roughly doubled" compared with the same period last year, and the demand was not showing any signs of decreasing.

He said people who received the food parcels were "extremely grateful" but some were embarrassed to ask for help.

"One woman, whose family had to wait 12 weeks between benefits, said she had never ever had to ask for help in this way," Mr Wileman said.

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