Dozens of emergency food parcels per week given to Midlothian children during pandemic
Dozens of emergency food parcels were handed out to children in Midlothian every week during the first year of the pandemic.
That’s according to a report by the Trussell Trust showing a record 2.5 million parcels were distributed by its network of food banks across the UK in 2020-21.
In Midlothian, the charity handed out 4,342 emergency food parcels over the period. Of those, 1,965 went to children – equivalent to 38 every week.
The figure, which includes parcels with three or seven days’ worth of supplies, was a slight decrease on the total number recorded the previous year. But the charity said that a reduction should not be interpreted as a decrease in need in a particular area.
It said its data does not come close to revealing the full scale of demand across the country, with unprecedented numbers of people being helped by other organisations that sprang up during the pandemic.