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Labour has set a dramatic target to halve food bank use a year after Jeremy Corbyn enters Downing Street. And the party will aim to end the need for food banks completely within just three years of office.

The ambitious pledges will be unveiled after the number of emergency food parcels handed out by the Trussell Trust charity soared to 1.6million last year. The targets will not be legally binding and food banks will not be shut down to meet them.

But they would lay down the gauntlet to an incoming Prime Minister to stop Brits going hungry under a Labour government.

Green-fingered Jeremy Corbyn will also oversee a £6m fund for allotments – alongside other measures like community kitchens and healthy eating classes in 50 deprived areas.

And Labour will announce plans for a Fair Food Act to ensure everyone in the UK has a legal “right to food”, similar to other human rights.

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source: The Mirror
published: 24 September 2019

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