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East London councils forced to spend to tackle food poverty

An investigation by the BBC’s Panorama programme has found that many local councils are having to subsidise food banks in order to tackle food poverty. This includes two councils in East London covering the constituency of the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith.

Panorama, in a feature called ‘Hungry Britain?’ that was broadcast earlier this month, found that over a third of councils are setting aside cash for food banks and the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, says many Britons are living in poverty. Nichols said:

“I listen to my priests and they have said that when they put, from the food bank, three days’ food in front of a woman with her children, and she bursts into tears because she hasn’t eaten for three days – that’s not a fantasy, that’s human lives.”

Derbyshire County Council says that it has had to redirect funds from healthy eating programmes towards tackling basic food poverty, while professionals such as Liz Dowler from the University of Warwick have argued that food banks do not adequately solve the problem. The implication is clear – when simply getting people enough food is the primary concern, healthy eating is compromised.

Childhood nutrition in places like Derbyshire and East London must therefore be a huge concern and many tempt parents in the hardest hit areas to take matters into their own hands by looking into franchise opportunities for mums and dads, such as setting up a part time franchise running a healthy food tuckshop.

Posted by Mark
March 25, 2014

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