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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The shame of a nation.

Foodbank Britain: Demand for Emergency Food Increases Five-Fold Since Coalition Came To Power

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Volunteers put a selection of tinned food together for a client at a depot at St Paul's Church, Brixton

In Great Britain, in the first quarter of the 21st Century, more than 350,000 people rely on food banks. Last December, it was predicted that in 2013 foodbanks would feed more than 200,000 people across the country, double the number of 2012, and the expectation was that the number would grow rapidly. It is now only April and the figure already exceeds 350,000. This is a situation about which we should all feel angry, uncomfortable and even ashamed that we have collectively allowed this position to come about.
A country which once boasted having "an empire upon which the sun never sets" and a collective wealth envied by nations around the world in the 19th Century is now, in the 21st Century, reduced to witnessing thousands of ordinary people, many of whom are actually employed, queuing for food charity.
Shame on a government which brought this about and shame on a nation for tolerating such conditions.