Food Banks & Poverty
Increasing numbers of food banks have been opened across the UK over the past few years at the initiative of local churches.
They’re one stark sign of an economic crisis which has enveloped individuals and families who sometimes have to choose between keeping warm and keeping reasonably fed. Unemployment, changes to the welfare system and higher bills mean that places like Food Banks are becoming a lifeline for more and more people who would never have imagined that they would need food parcels.
What does this say about Britain today, and the growing gap between the richest and the poorest? And to what extent is it any business of churches and other faith communities?
Roy Jenkins visits a Bridgend Food Bank to see how it works, and explores the issues with Adrian Curtis of The Trussell Trust; Niall Cooper, National Coordinator of Church Action on Poverty, and Colin Bloom, Executive Director of the Conservative Christian Fellowship.
TheTrussell Trust http://www.trusselltrust.org/
Church Action on Poverty http://www.church-poverty.org.uk/
Conservative Christian Fellowship http://www.ccfwebsite.com/
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