FOODBANK use in Glasgow has soared almost 40% from the same time last year.

The Trussell Trust has revealed that from April to September this year 10,057 people used its services in the city - including 3990 children.

This figure is up 39% on the 7246 adults and children in need of a three-day emergency food supply last year.

Scotland Network Manager Ewan Gurr said: "The figures for Glasgow are quite concerning.

"Any city that sees a 39% leap in demand in one year is deep cause for concern."

He added that the increase can be attributed to one of the city's new foodbanks "becoming more established" as well as new statutory and voluntary agencies signing up to refer people in need.

But he said that "men, women and children are having a tougher time than ever".

Across Scotland, foodbank use is up 17% to 60,458 food packages given to those in desperate need.

Bosses said that, as well as people facing benefits sanctions, one in five people now referred to The Trussell Trust is in work but on a low income.

Between April and September 2015, Trussell Trust foodbanks in Scotland gave 60,458 three day emergency food supplies to people in crisis compared to 51,647 in the same period last year.

Some 19,058 of the three day supplies went to children.

The charity said benefit delays remain the most significant reason for foodbank use in Scotland.

But the proportion of those referred due to low income increased from 18 to 21%, which is the highest rise of any single issue in the last six months.

In terms of food donated and people reached across the United Kingdom, the figures show that Scotland is second only to the North West of England.

Mr Gurr added: “Difficulties related to welfare benefits are still drive the majority of people to our Scottish foodbanks but now one in five of those referred is on a low income and among that number is a growing body of people in low paid employment who are simply unable to make the pay cheque stretch far enough when crisis hits.

"The increasing instability of the oil, gas and steel industries has already led to significant numbers of people being made redundant and figures revealed in the last week also show that unemployment has risen in Scotland while decreasing in the rest of the UK.

"Furthermore, if the proposed changes to child tax credits are implemented, at a UK level, we are concerned that more working families will not be able to make ends meet.

"We also need to ensure, at a Scottish level, that vital services such as the Scottish Welfare Fund are well-resourced, well-advertised and accessible to those who need it.

"If we hope to reduce the numbers needing our support, we must listen to and learn from those living on low incomes to ensure no incomes are too low to live on.”