HUNDREDS of cash-strapped families on the Island are in 'crisis’ over Christmas as they struggle to find money for food.
That is the grim message from the Isle of Wight Foodbank which has handed out a record number of food parcels this month.
In the whole of December last year, the foodbank helped a total of 538 people with food parcels, but in the first two weeks of this month, the charity has already helped 400 people.
Meanwhile, the Isle of Wight branch of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB), which gives needy people vouchers so they can claim food parcels at the foodbank has had to 'ration’ the number it hands out, forcing staff to chose clients who are the most deserving of help.
In article by Guardian writer Patrick Butler, he quoted Lee Hodgson, of Isle of Wight CAB: "How do you make that choice? I don’t think anybody should be in that position. That’s how bad it has got."
Andrew Turner MP has justified a decision not to support a motion on Wednesday calling for government research about foodbank use to be published.
He said several MPs raised concerns the issue was being treated as a political football and the motion contained a number of controversial Labour party policies, such as including energy price freezes.
"When members of the other parties vote against the motion it is spun as them having voted against foodbanks.
"I think it is deplorable when the plight of vulnerable people is used in such a way."
For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, December 27.