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Hunger ‘chronic’ in Britain, charity chief executive warns

12 June 2014 | by Paul Wilkinson | Comments: 0

Food poverty in Britain is becoming a chronic problem and not just an acute situation, the head of Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) said this week.Helen O’Brien, chief executive of the social action wing of the bishops’ conference, was commenting on a new report which calculates that more than 20 ­million meals were given away by food banks last year – a 54 per cent increase on the previous 12 months. Ms O’Brien said the ­figures were consistent with what CSAN members had been ­reporting.“Our members are seeing families increasingly having to turn to emergency food assistance to get by due to falling wages, rising essential costs and the gradual erosion of the welfare safety net.“Chronic hunger is unacceptable in the UK&nb ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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