14 September 2009
Food banks in Britain
Food banks have arrived in Britain, as this video shows. Most British people have probably never heard of them, but they are common in the USA. Run by charities they provide food to the poor, and in the case of Salisbury, where this video was shot, that means the working poor, as 85 percent of the people who use the food bank have a job. The problem is that they are just one wage packet away from destitution if a crisis hits them.
Funnily enough, that is probably why the British food banks are concentrated in the south of the country. Had the family in the video lived in the north, then the chances are that they would have been unemployed as jobs are like rocking horse shit in the old industrial areas. They would have received the social and their rent would have been paid by benefits. Life for them would not be great, but they would not be a step away from losing their home and having to live on the generosity of a food bank.