'The number of people turning to food banks grew by almost 14 per cent in three years, according to a new study which warned of a growing public health crisis from poor nutrition.
The study suggested that previous reports on growing scale of food bank usage might have been overstated, because it includes repeat usage, but its findings show usage is clearly “becoming more widespread”.
The author also notes this was based on data from a West Cheshire food bank with a more affluent population – and lower unemployment – than the national average.
Despite this, the paper published today in the journal BMC Public Health found one in every 100 West Cheshire residents used food banks each year.
The study used data from the Trussell Trust, and population statistics for the region between 2013 and 2015.
In 2014, the year with the highest food bank use, 1.01 per cent of adults and 2.29 per cent of children living in West Cheshire received emergency food.
Scaled up across Britain, this would amount to 850,000 people, the paper says.'
Read more: UK's rising use of food banks reveals 'unfolding public health crisis', finds study
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