Parents struggling with back to school costs are being advised to avoid moneylenders.
St Vincent de Paul Tralee area president Junior Locke is urging families under financial pressure to contact their local St Vincent de Paul instead.
Up to 400 people in Kerry feeling the burden of back to school costs have already been helped by the society.
In just four days, 66 people contacted the Tralee SVP office alone requesting assistance for such costs.
That’s slightly up since this time last year.
Nationally, SVP has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of people seeking support for back to school costs.
Mr Locke says a national delay in processing applications for back to school grants could be the reason behind the spike.
This year in Kerry, St Vincent de Paul also provided families with school packs containing copies, books, pencils and biros in an attempt to combat the pressure faced by families.
As schools return this week, it is expected even further people will get in touch with the society.
Mr Locke is urging struggling families feeling financially burdened to avoid moneylenders or borrowing money for such costs.