New Sheffield advice service for food bank users

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A new advice service is to be launched in Sheffield to help the rising number of people who use food banks to make ends meet.

Sheffield Citizens Advice is launching the service, to offer financial advice and employment support.

It will be funded with £180,000 from Sheffield Council and launched ‘as soon as possible’.

There are now 16 food banks in Sheffield and use of them has increased by 170 per cent since April 2013, when benefit changes were introduced.

Andy Buck, chief executive of Sheffield Citizens Advice, said: “Many of our clients face increasing hardship, especially during winter.

“We are very pleased to be working with the council and with food banks to provide both emergency support to people in urgent need and to provide them with advice and support to help them overcome the root causes of poverty.”

An additional £120,000 will also go towards support organisations providing crisis food support from the council.