What can I say, it’s happening everywhere. Imagine in 2016 people are admitted to hospital with malnutrition!! People are dying or committing suicide because there is nowhere to turn.
There’s a Barbie sat among other dolls. A dancing monkey. Soft cuddly toys. In a food bank in Paddington, London, volunteer Jane is counting through the donated presents to hand out to children next week. Or, as she puts it to me, for “any who need one”.
For families who don’t have the money for bags of pasta or a tin of meat, Christmas means not only hunger but more costs they can’t afford. “I ask people who come in what they’re doing for Christmas and they look at me like, ‘I’m in a food bank. What can I do for Christmas?’” Jane says.
Look around the food bank’s neighbouring streets and you find yourself in the middle of two-tier Britain: in Jane’s…
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