A Hull food bank boss has spoken of his "heartbreak" at having to ration provisions as there is just not enough to go around.

Phil Sainty, who runs the foodbank at St John's Church in Bransholme, says that there is not enough food to go around after an extra 10 families have come to rely on the service as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

He says that some parents are going hungry in order to feed their children after losing their jobs and therefore their income during lockdown.

"It's heartbreaking to see so many extra people coming to the food bank as they have been struggling so much in the last three months.

"It's upsetting that some parents have been going hungry in order to feed their children, but we are here to help as much as we can.

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"Sadly we've had to reduce the amount of items that we normally give out to people as we just aren't getting enough donations to hand back out to people.

"As a result of lockdown, a lot of shops haven't had any spare stock to distribute, and we have been getting less donations from the public as a lot of people are struggling at the moment.

"We are doing the best we can to help and we still want people to reach out to us rather than go hungry, as there is nothing to be ashamed of in using a food bank.

"Any of us could need to use one at some point as we never know what is around the corner with say a job loss or a death in the family with a funeral to pay for that means people then struggle to put food on the table".

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The food bank is supported by Humberside Police, with community officers taking out food parcels to the needy who are unable to leave their homes.

On Tuesday, the force took a picture of the board outside the food bank, which read: "Limited stock so in each bag there will be less items.

"Please take what you want from the table on the outskirts of church grounds.

"We can help but we are only a small run food bank".

The officers also tweeted: "#Bransholme Local officers been and seen the guys running the Food Bank at St. John's Church on Wawne Road. The guys there are doing the best they can for the most vulnerable on the estates".

In our region more and more families are turning to food banks to get by, with a shocking 5,000 emergency food supplies being handed out over the past year, making them a lifeline for many people.

The number remains high in 2019 due to people struggling on low incomes, continued issues with benefit payments, issues with Universal Credit in the area and insecure work.

If anyone wants to donate to the foodbank at St John's Church, you can do so on a Tuesday between 9am and 11pm or on a Thursday between 8am and 10pm.

For more information, contact the church on their Facebook page here.