A record number of Scots are relying on help from foodbanks, says the Trussel Trust charity. Last year, more than 145,000 packages were given out by the charity – the most ever. It is estimated that this helped to stave off hunger in almost 50,000 children and is enough to feed the entire population of Dundee.
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Meanwhile a poll by The Poverty Alliance found that one in three Scots on low income struggle to put food on the table, according to a survey.
The poll shows that those on low incomes are not only skipping meals but also falling behind on bills, rent and mortgage payments. Alarmingly the findings reveal they are topping up their incomes with credit cards and loans, and borrowing to get by.
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