The Trussell Trust, which runs a network of food banks across the UK, is forecasting that 600,000 people will need support between December and February.
During the same period last winter, the charity supported more than 220,000 children, with 225,000 people using food banks for the first time – these figures are also expected to be higher this winter.
The charity is expecting to provide more than one million emergency food parcels – which would be up from 904,000 last winter.
The Trussell Trust has reached its estimates by looking at the average increase in need seen from April to September 2023 and comparing this to the same period in 2022.
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