Hunger in the UK: The Food Banks Phenomenon

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With the economic situation still gloomy, increasing numbers of people have been resorting to food banks. Some argue this is a result of a steep rise in food poverty, but others insist it is not a matter of increased need or demand but one of supply. There is also disagreement about whether a stigma about being a charity case means some families are going hungry, or conversely, whether something has changed in our communities that makes some people more open than before to accepting charity. What does the increased profile of food banks really say about the UK’s economy and society? Filmed at the Battle of Ideas this discussion is revealing.

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