Yorkshire: Empty shelves at the Tafel because people can’t afford to give

File photo dated 26/04/16 of food stocks at the Trussell Trust Brent Foodbank, Neasden, London, as one in three (33%) people on Universal Credit have had more than one day in the last month when they have not eaten all or just one meal, said the Trussell Trust. PA photo. Issue date: Thursday March 17, 2022 The charity, which operates a network of food banks, commissioned a YouGov survey of 1,506 UK adults who applied for Universal Credit between January 24 and February 15. It turned out that one in six respondents (17%) had to visit a food bank at least once since the beginning of December. See PA story POLITICS UniversalCredit. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Families across the country rely on donations from other people and businesses (Image: PA)

A food bank in Yorkshire is running out of supplies to feed families in need because people can no longer afford to donate.

A crisis center manager said shelves were empty and support was drying up amid the cost-of-living crisis.

With inflation at a 40-year high and rising tax and energy bills, millions are struggling to make ends meet.

According to the Trussell Trust, more than two million food parcels have had to be distributed at its food banks in the past 12 months.

But in Dewsbury, fewer people are able to put food on someone else’s table when they are struggling to do the same for theirs.

Tanisha Bramwell told Sky News: “It’s very difficult because we’re in a very unpredictable situation and a situation that we’ve never been in before.

“This is two years after a global pandemic. Companies can no longer donate.

WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Volunteers work at a food bank sorting center in an industrial estate on February 15, 2022 in Weymouth, England. Food banks are facing rising demand as the country experiences the highest inflation in 30 years. According to The Trussell Trust, a record 2.5 million emergency food parcels were given to people in crisis last year as governments at all levels in the UK are urged to commit to developing a plan to end the emergency for food banks once and for all . (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

Food bank usage has been rising for years, peaking in 2021 due to the Covid-19 crisis (Image: Getty)

“Funding flows have ended and while the need is still there, the support system is not in place.”

One shopkeeper said he was feeling “awful” but could no longer afford to give supplies to the food bank because “the budget is so tight”.

There was more bad economic news for the UK today, with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warning that growth in 2021 will be even worse than previously thought and then fall by half next year.

The international organization forecast that gross domestic product had lowered its growth forecast to 3.64% this year from 4.75% in December.

High energy prices and a shortage of workers would push inflation to 10% by the end of the year and still close to 5% by the end of 2022.

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Global growth was downgraded to 3.02% from 4.46% as “the world is paying a heavy price for Russia’s war in Ukraine”.

A spokesman for the organization said: “The war has also triggered a cost of living crisis that is affecting people worldwide.

“Combined with China’s zero-Covid policy, the war has put the global economy on a trajectory of slower growth and rising inflation – a situation not seen since the 1970s.

“Rising inflation, largely driven by soaring energy and food prices, is putting low-income people in need and increasing food security in the world’s poorest economies.”

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