A recent review published by Housing Minister Anne Pryke showed that a total of 180 people visited the Island’s three main food banks, run by the Grace Trust, St Helier Methodist Centre and the St Vincent de Paul Society, in the first quarter of this year.
And of the 170 people who took part in a survey for the report, 60 per cent were male and 55 per cent were born in Jersey. The majority of people accessing the charities were aged between 35 and 54.
Deputy Judy Martin asked Deputy Susie Pinel in the States yesterday if she was going to look at changing any of the department’s policies so that people do not have to continually access food banks.
Deputy Pinel said that the results of the survey were ‘a surprise’ and that Income Support was available to some of the people who accessed the food banks.
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