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Families in need of food parcels - the food poverty crisis unwrapped

Author : Barnardo's (December 2013)

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Christmas dinner can often be food parcel for many children, a Barnardo's report reveals, because rising living costs and changes to the welfare system are driving increasing numbers of vulnerable families to use emergency food services. Between 2007 and 2012, food prices rose between 19 per cent and 47 per cent. The cost of essentials such as food and fuel also increased, as benefits were cut, reducing the income of the poorest households. "Families in need of food parcels: the food poverty crisis unwrapped", is a nationwide survey of Barnardo's services which explores families' growing use of emergency food schemes. It found 94% of applicable projects reporting an increased or high demand for food banks or vouchers in the past year.

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Policy and research documents, Family support


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