Around 8,600 emergency three-day food parcels were handed out in the north-east in the past financial year – a rise of more than 2,000.
The Trussell Trust, which runs a number of food banks across the country, has released new statistics which show the number of parcels handed out by sites across Scotland.
In Aberdeen, 3,819 emergency supplies were handed out from April 1 last year until March 31 this year. Of those, 1,286 of the parcels handed out benefited children.
In Aberdeenshire, 4,800 parcels were handed out, with 1,609 of those going towards supporting young people.
The 8,619 parcels handed out in the area is up from the 6,216 distributed the previous year – an increase of 2,403. In 2017-18, 2,481 were given out in Aberdeen and 3,735 in Aberdeenshire.
This is an increase of 1,488 in the city and 1,065 in Aberdeenshire.
Across Scotland 210,605 parcels were handed out.
Reasons given to the charity by people requesting the food include benefits not consistently covering the cost of living and delays or changes to benefits being paid.
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Laura Ferguson, Trussell Trust’s Scotland operations manager, said: “What we are seeing year-upon-year is more and more people struggling to eat because they simply cannot afford food.
“Enough is enough. We know this situation can be fixed – that’s why we’re campaigning to create a future where no one needs a foodbank. Our benefits system is supposed to protect us from being swept into poverty.
“Universal Credit should be part of the solution but currently the five-week wait is leaving many without enough money to cover the basics. Ultimately, it’s unacceptable that anyone should have to use a foodbank in the first place.
“No charity can replace the dignity of having enough money to buy food. That’s why, in the long-term, we’re urging the Government to ensure benefit payments reflect the true cost of living and work is secure and paying the real living wage, to help ensure we are all anchored from poverty.”