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FOOD BANKS


Cuts in the UK welfare system in recent years has led to growing social inequality and increased levels of poverty. In 2016 a survey found that 8% of adults “did not have enough money for food”


To meet this need charities  have opened an increasing number of food banks. The Trussell Trust who administer most of the 2000 UK food banks distributed a record 1.18 million food parcels in 2016 / 17. This is the 9th successive year that has seen an increase in demand.


90% of the food comes from the public, with contributions from schools, churches, businesses and individuals. Recipients are given vouchers by health, social and community workers that can be redeemed in the bank. Most people who use them are in work but earning too little to cover their costs.


Oliver De Schutter a senior UN official has reminded advanced nations that they have a duty to protect their citizens from hunger and suggested that leaving such obligation to food banks may be an abuse of human rights. It seems wrong that a rich country like the UK sees increasing numbers of people with too little money to feed themselves and their families.