The SNP leader also warned that a greater Conservative majority after June’s general election would worsen the burden on Scottish communities.
Nicola Sturgeon says the growth of food banks in Scotland has been caused by Conservative austerity policies.
And the SNP leader warned a greater Tory majority at Westminster following next month’s general election would lead to “an even greater burden of needless austerity”.
On a visit to the Highland Foodbank in Inverness, Sturgeon said: “The growth of food banks is a damning indictment of how damaging Tory austerity has been to communities across Scotland.
“The SNP have worked to protect household incomes by keeping council tax bills low and by supporting families at every stage of their life – from the baby box and support for new parents, to free university education, to free medicine and free personal care.
“In contrast, the Tories have argued for years that the sick should pay for their medicine, that the young should be forced into debt to pay for tuition and that the elderly should face costs for personal care.
“The Tories at Westminster would use a bigger majority at this election to make ordinary families bear an even greater burden of needless austerity.”