A 94-year-old woman too frightened to leave home during lockdown was rescued after five days without food.  

The desperately hungry pensioner had holed up alone in her top-floor tenement flat in Govan, Glasgow, where she remained rooted for fear of catching coronavirus.

She was eventually found and fed by the Salvation Army, which is using the alarming case to highlight the ‘unprecedented’ reliance on food banks during the crisis.

The charity told MailOnline the starving woman was ‘too scared to go out and had no one to get food for her’. 

The desperately hungry pensioner had holed up alone in her top-floor tenement flat in Govan, Glasgow, where she remained rooted for fear of catching coronavirus  (Salvation Army food vans in the city, pictured)

The desperately hungry pensioner had holed up alone in her top-floor tenement flat in Govan, Glasgow, where she remained rooted for fear of catching coronavirus  (Salvation Army food vans in the city, pictured)

The desperately hungry pensioner had holed up alone in her top-floor tenement flat in Govan, Glasgow, where she remained rooted for fear of catching coronavirus  (Salvation Army food vans in the city, pictured)

Full lockdown kicked in on March 26, but vulnerable elderly people had already been strongly advised to stay at home as they are more prone to the deadly affects of the disease (file photo)

Full lockdown kicked in on March 26, but vulnerable elderly people had already been strongly advised to stay at home as they are more prone to the deadly affects of the disease (file photo)

Full lockdown kicked in on March 26, but vulnerable elderly people had already been strongly advised to stay at home as they are more prone to the deadly affects of the disease (file photo)

Housing complex staff found her on March 23 during a round of door-knocks and took her to the Salvation Army food van which was parked up outside the building, where she was given a hot meal.

Full lockdown kicked in on March 26, but vulnerable elderly people had already been strongly advised to stay at home as they are more prone to the deadly affects of the disease.

The Salvation Army, which is delivering hauls of food packages during the health emergency, is reporting a ‘bleak picture’ in communities. 

During lockdown, the charity has recorded a 63 per cent surge in households relying on food support, with ten of the busiest local branches reporting a 174 per cent increase.

Local corps volunteers from Govan, Leicester South and Leeds Central are providing parcels to more than 500 households during the crisis. 

The woman was eventually found and fed by the Salvation Army, which is using the alarming case to highlight the 'unprecedented' reliance on food banks during the crisis (Govan pictured)

The woman was eventually found and fed by the Salvation Army, which is using the alarming case to highlight the 'unprecedented' reliance on food banks during the crisis (Govan pictured)

The woman was eventually found and fed by the Salvation Army, which is using the alarming case to highlight the ‘unprecedented’ reliance on food banks during the crisis (Govan pictured)

Areas with most households receiving food parcels 

Leicester South Corps 500+

Govan Citadel Corps 500+

Leeds Central Corps 500+

Hereford Corps 417

Aberdare Corps 382

Boscombe Corps 320

Portsmouth Citadel Corps 320

Jersey Corps 259

Weston-Super-Mare Corps 238

Chatham Corps 220 

Source: Salvation Army 

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Hereford, Aberdare, Boscombe, Portsmouth, Jersey, Weston-Super-Mare and Chatham were also among the busiest corps. 

The charity is also warning about the economic fallout of Covid-19, and claimed that poverty is at a ‘tipping point’.

The Salvation Army’s leader in the UK and Ireland, Commissioner Anthony Cotterill said: ‘We are approaching a poverty tipping point. 

‘Our immediate focus is scaling up our provision to get food and support to people who need it now, from families unable to pay utility bills to rough sleepers struggling to feed themselves. 

She added: ‘We are doing everything we can to stop thousands of people sliding into poverty.’

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