Almost 4,000 people used Derry's food bank last year, it has been revealed.
The Foyle Foodbank said that 3,794 people, including 1,596 children, received food parcels from them in 2019.
The local foodbank dsitrubuted a total of 22 tonnes of food.
The team behind the charity said this was only made possible through the donations received.
In 2019, the Foyle Foodbank said that 12.5 tonnes of food was donated at their collection point at Sainsbury store at Meadowbank 8.5 tonnes of food was donated at their collection point at Tesco on the Strand Road.
The charity received £3,625 through the Tree of Remembrance at Foyleside during the Christmas period, and £1739.38 was collected at their flag day on October 30, 2019.
The charity said that the numbers seeking their help had increased by 7% on the previous year and that they are already seeing an increasing demand for our service in 2020.
Denis McGowan, chair of Foyle Foodbank, said: “It is unfortunate that we are seeing increased numbers coming to us.
“We know that the average weekly income of households using food banks in Northern Ireland is only £50 after paying rent.
“One in five have no money coming in at all in the month before being referred for emergency food and 94% of people coming to food banks are destitute, i.e. they have no money for the basic necessities of life.
“At Foyle Foodbank we provide a non-judgmental welcome, space to be heard and the best support we can,” he added.
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