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Demand so high now queues are forming ahead of Lanarkshire foodbank opening

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Foodbank use in one Lanarkshire town is becoming so great that queues are starting to form ahead of the service opening. Hard-working volunteers from Wishaw Community Foodbank, based at South Wishaw Parish Church in East Academy Street, have been dealing with one of the busiest months on record as rising energy bills and rocketing fuel costs see some families choosing between heating their homes and eating.

The foodbank has pleaded with members of the public who can help to re-stock its shelves with non-perishable items but has also warned the dire situation is getting out of control.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Gillian Davie, from the foodbank, said: “We are experiencing an increase in the number of clients requiring our support and as a result our stock levels are running very low.“To put it into some context previously we would have busy weeks when it was getting closer to payday and then it would quieten down.“Now there are no quiet days.

When we open every Tuesday and Friday it is just full on.“There is also a queue outside before we open for perishable items, it’s unbelievable.”Last month it was revealed that foodbank use in Wishaw had doubled within one year.In December 2021, 82 families or individuals were supported by the foodbank.

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