THE Banco de Alimentos-Orden de Malta Foundation dealt with a total of 15'760 people during the first quarter of 2007, a figure which exceeds that recorded during the whole of last year.

Because of this, the Foundation is warning that the incidence of poverty on the islands is increasing.
This opinion is based on their direct observations during their day to day work.
This was announced yesterday by the Balearic President of the Foundation, Manual Marco Isern, during a presentation of their report for 2006.
In his speech, Marco put the increasing number of poor people asking for food down to the increase in population recorded in the Balearics so far this decade (estimated at 20 percent), and appealed for a greater supply of food for them to distribute to organisations which need them, churches, reception centres etc., as the Banco de Alimentos does not deal with private individuals.

With regard to this, the President of the Foundation said that since his headquarters had moved from the old part of Palma to their existing site in Mercapalma they have lost around 80 percent of Catholic churches who distribute food on Majorca, while they have had a 90 percent increase in the volume of applications from other religions and charitable organisations.

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