Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Food banks


I walked past a foodbank in November. In the morning sunshine outside St Pancras Parish Church I brushed aside the leaflets being handed out by two volunteers. Recently, I realised what I walk past every work day -   a place that provides food for people missing meals.

People are pointed in the direction of foodbanks when a care professional identifies them as having a priority need. They then get access to the donated food to tide them over and an opportunity to discuss longer-term solutions. Foodbanks tend to be funded by charities, such as the Trussell Trust and continue to grow in number. The safety net of the welfare state has loosened and the instability caused by illness, low wages, benefit delays and a myriad of other causes has brought more and more people to their doors.

Poverty is complicated and hard to define, but seeing people unable to feed themselves is a clear sign of something going wrong. 

Here's a report from BBC's Paul Mason from the busiest foodbank in the country www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19484943 

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