Dennis Curran of the Loaves and Fishes charity tells Scottish Parliament that people are being penalised for being poor and the “heart of the matter is people are starving”.
Thousands have turned to charity for emergency food parcels, following changes to the benefits system that were introduced by the UK Government last April. Those who rely on food banks often walk for miles because they cannot afford to pay for transport, and many are given items that can be eaten cold because they are unable to pay for electricity to cook, the committee heard.
The services are also being used by people who are employed on low incomes, and who are struggling with the rising cost of living, the charities said.
(h/t Herald Scotland)