The desperate plight of hungry Scots forced to turn to foodbanks is laid bare today.

Last year, 14,318 people were given handouts across the country – a rise of 150 per cent in just one year.

Trussell Trust
Church Action on Poverty
Storehouse Foodbank, Anniesland
Easterhouse Foodbank
Whiteinch Foodbank

There are fears that many more are suffering because they’re too ashamed to ask for help or live in areas where foodbanks do not operate.

Food collected in Easterhouse

Food collected in Easterhouse

The figures were released by The Trussell Trust, who helped launch more than 320 foodbanks throughout the UK, including 14 in Scotland.

A total of 9750 adults and 4568 ­children turned to foodbanks for meal handouts north of the Border because they were going hungry.

Last year, the total was 3865 adults and 1861 kids.

The reasons were simple – poverty and benefits problems.

Of those who responded, 2612 had too low an income, 4264 people reported benefits being delayed and 2168 had changes to their benefits.

Adrian Curtis, director of The Trussell Trust said: “Unless the national picture improves significantly we don’t expect the challenges faced by individuals and families to disappear.

“These challenges are created by an increasingly hostile economic climate and are compounded by welfare reforms that are heavily impacting low income households.”

Foodbanks provide a minimum of three days of nutritionally-balanced, food to individuals and families who are struggling financially and are referred by local agencies.

At Scotland’s 14 foodbanks last month, 135 tons of food were donated by churches, schools, supermarket customers, groups and individuals.

• Full story at the Daily Record.