THE Spanish Red Cross has made an unprecedented appeal for donations as it attempts to feed poverty-stricken Spaniards.
The aid organisation is hoping to raise €30 million to pay for food parcels, which will be handed out to 2.3 million people considered ‘extremely vulnerable’ over the next two years.
The annual appeal is the first time the group has requested money to help fellow Spaniards, with funds usually being directed towards famine or disaster-stricken countries.
The number of Spaniards in need has increased from 1.5 million in 2010 to two million in 2011, with children living below the poverty line, pensioners and the homeless among those most at risk.
Red Cross director Jose Javier Sanchez Espinosa, said: “We have observed that there has been a serious deterioration in the social situation in Spain. Because of that, for the first time, we ask for support in helping the population.”