A mum on a zero-hour contract has described how she struggles to feed her children and has been forced to use food banks The mum revealed her plight in a heartbreaking note explaining why “we have to vote the Tories out” She said: “I lost my job last year, now work zero hours contract. “I often don’t have enough hours to pay for my kids to eat, so go to the food bank for the first time in my life “We have to vote the Tories out.” The note was uploaded to Instagram account, Tales of Austerity According to figures from the Trussell Trust, a record 1.6milion food bank parcels were given to people in the past year Thousands of those have claimed they were forced to use food banks while waiting weeks for Universal Credit payments to be processed The mum’s note formed one of many heartbreaking stories posted to the Instagram page One man described how his brother had taken his own life – saying the nHS mental health help wasn’t there when he needed it most He wrote: “Acute mental health crisis needs services. “My brother died of suicide partly because of a lack of provision – one number to a helpline ope two hours a day “Austerity cuts have decimated our NHS – not enough beds, not enough staff, no funding for therapies “Please make sure you and friends and family register to vote and vote labour to get the Tories out of power “Too many dead on our watch.” Another horrific note described how a man who worked as a shoe polisher during the day lived under a bus stop before he eventually died on the street in Hackney, London It read: “Musa died here in July. He worked as a shoe polisher. “In the past year he lived under this bus stop We saw his mental and physical health deteriorate every day. “His death was entirely preventable Tory cuts to frontline services, housing, the NHS and mental health have caused increased homelessness, illness and death “Nobody should be homeless. Nobody should be on the street.” Earlier this year, a Public Policy Research report revealed Tory cuts had been responsible for more than 130,000 deaths It found preventable diseases had fallen over 20 years through better education Had that continued, then some 131,000 lives could have been saved. Lead researcher Dean Hochlaf said: “We have seen progress in reducing preventable disease flatline since 2012 “Local authorities have seen significant cuts to their public health budgets, which has severely impacted the capacity of preventative services ” Labour have pledged a 10-point plan to “rescue the NHS” with a massive £26bn funding boost Thousands of staff will be recruited, crumbling hospitals and surgeries rebuilt and the state-of-the-art equipment installed The moves will see the NHS England’s budget increase to £154.9 bn in 2023-24.