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Many food banks were at capacity this year

Demand for emergency food supplies sparked by COVID-19 increased amid growing concern for the wellbeing of food bank volunteers, our researchers discovered. 

Our survey of more than 200 Scottish community groups on behalf of the Poverty and Inequality Commission, the Scottish Government's independent advisers, revealed many food banks were running at capacity but still not reaching everyone in need. 

The banks’ volunteers’ anxieties were compounded by fears over future levels of funding and staffing as they returned to full-time paid work. 

Informed by the study, the Commission called on Scottish Ministers to provide more visible leadership, top up the Food Fund and learn from the experiences of government, community groups and people who have experienced poverty to build a more resilient emergency food-aid network.