'People in deprived parts of Edinburgh are facing the threat of starvation as supplies at food banks across the city run “critically low”, a charity has warned.
The Edinburgh Food Project, which operates seven food bank centres across north, west, central and eastern parts of the Scottish capital, said it needed urgent donations of tinned vegetables, cereal, rice, pasta sauce, coffee, juice and biscuits, among other items.
The charity, part of the Trussell Trust Food Bank network, said it only had enough food for this week, and may not be be able to supply people with complete food parcels beyond that point.
Operations manager Bethany Biggar told The Independent donations of food were not sufficient to meet rising demand.
She said: “Until we have a benefits systems that's caring, compassionate and supportive, a minimum wage covering the essentials, and a workforce that is reliable and secure, we will continue to support those who need us. We will not allow people in Edinburgh to starve.”
She added the charity had no choice but to depend on the “generous support of the public” and without this, it “simply would not be able to help people living in poverty”.
Ms Biggar said the charity had so far helped 11,402 people over the last 12 months, a 19 per cent rise on the year before.
She said there had also been 4,530 food parcel requests between January and April this year - 47 per cent up on the same period last year.'
Read more: Edinburgh food bank users ‘on brink of starvation as supplies run low amid soaring demand
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