We need powers to end disgrace of food banks

FOOD banks are the soup kitchens of our time and a disgrace to the UK.

I was invited to help out at one run by the First Base charity in Dumfries.

It was a shocking experience.

I am used to quoting the shameful figures on food bank use – a 400 per cent rise in Scotland in the last year.

But last week I looked the statistics in the eye, each one a unique human being.

There was the young mother trying to feed her two children, one of whom is diabetic. She asked if she can volunteer too – she likes to be busy and hopes the skills will help her find work again...

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