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Although the UK is the seventh richest country in the world, it is also deeply unequal, and millions of families across the UK are living below the breadline.

Demand for emergency food aid has risen astronomically in the past few years. The single most common reason for people to need food aid is changes to the benefits they receive (including sanctions, delays and cuts). Protecting its citizens from going hungry is one of the most fundamental duties of government.

Most of us have grown up with the assumption that when we fall on hard times, the social security safety net will kick in and prevent us from falling into destitution and hunger. The principle of this crucial safety net now appears to be under threat.

Church Action on Poverty has been working to tackle the relentless rise of food poverty in Britain since 2010, alongside partners including Oxfam and the Trussell Trust.

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source: Church Action on Poverty
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