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Ukrainian refugees turn to food banks as UK takes them in struggle with costs | food banks

London host of Ukrainian family wrote to my local food bank “begging for help” because rising energy costs mean she can no longer afford to feed her new guests.

Ukrainian family now let’s move on to food bank in Euston, north London, every week, is among the growing number of recently arrived refugees from a war-torn country relying on on handouts to survive, according to charities.

Elena Aksentievich, manager of Euston food bank said that the Ukrainian handed the letter to her family. It was from the owner and said they were struggling to cover the extra cost of feeding two women and two children, as well as additional electricity costs.

Aksentevich stated that system there was a “mess” and that number of Ukrainian refugees go for food bankwhich increased by 300% in visitors since start of pandemic was rising fast.

Under the houses for Scheme Ukraine, refugees have the right for GBP 200 milestone payment for living expenses provided by their local council and may apply for benefits, including universal credit, pension credit, disability benefits, care allowance and child support. However, some say that they access benefits have been delayed because they have not yet received biometric residence permits. government denies it.

Sponsors can claim £350 per month from government. They don’t need to feed the refugees, but many do.

Most of Ukrainians coming to food banks women with children, but Aksentevich said that they also visited by a teenager. “I can only see us receiving more as well as more people From this community,” she said.

The Independent Food Aid Network (Yifan) and the Trussell Trust, which together represent hundreds of food banks report that newly arrived Ukrainians are looking for help to feed their families.

Ifan stated that she created Ukrainian versions of his recommendation leaflets in Highlands and Carlisle.

BUT family who fled from their home in region arrive at Luton airport to meet his master. Many hosts are experiencing increased financial pressure. Photograph: Martin Godwin/The Guardian

Sabina Goodwin, Ifan coordinator, said: social safety system It is suitable for target could support Ukrainian refugees struggling to afford food.”

Meanwhile, against the backdrop of exacerbation cost of living crisis, food banks already struggling to meet the needs of people throughout the UK. Food research network found earlier this month that 93% of its participants reported an increase in in need for services since start of in yearbye more over 80% reported problems with food supplies.

Goodwin said that new cost of live anti-crisis measures announced last week by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, welcomed but added that “there is a long way go earlier people in The UK can expect on accessible financial help in time of a crisis”.

Refugee living alone in emergency housing in Exeter said she visited a restaurant bank after losing her homes for Ukraine sponsor. She said she was “very well received” and given help choose food.

Sutton4Ukrainians, and support group said that one in the three refugees they meet go to the food banks, many because they are waiting access advantage or because money They dont have stretch far enough.

The spokesperson said the £200 milestone payment for food was not enough. “It’s not huge. amount – public transport expensive”, they said, adding that refugees often wanted to be independent.

Lifeafterhummus Charity Society in north London worked with several Ukrainian refugees who visited his outdoor surplus food cart. One family they said they were sponsored, but they don’t have access to food. lifeafterhumus has also supplied refugees with Cooking equipment.

Farrah Rainfly, group operations manager said issue for Ukrainian refugees came on Top of existing cost of life crisis. “Families come to me in tears, saying “I don’t know what am I going to do.”

BUT government the spokesman said: “We do not recognize these reports – Ukrainians can access benefits immediately without biometrics test and will receive an additional payment of £200 while they are being processed.

“Translation services available to help with phone applications for benefits, welcome points Was set up to help arrival and we in constant contact with tips who provide further support to small amount of Ukrainians who May need more help”.

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