below the breadline

Help us tackle the relentless rise of food poverty in Britain

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.

BelowtheBreadlinephoto.pngDemand 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.

We helped to ensure that MPs of all parties conducted a national inquiry into the problem during 2014. We have also supported in-depth research into the issue by a coalition of churches and charities, and a commission on food poverty being organised by the Fabian Society.

We are now campaigning alongside many other organisations to End Hunger in the UK.

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    Join the campaign to End Hunger in the UK

  • read

    Research and reports on food poverty

  • watch

    'Breadline Kids' - a documentary about how food poverty affects families

  • right to food

    Learn about the human right to adequate food

  • blog

    Read about food poverty on our blog

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