Food Poverty

Almost 3000 charged with stealing food in London as expert warns ‘hungry people are criminalised’

  The majority of cases pertain to the hungry and homeless taking waste food from supermarket bins.   More than 2,800 people in London were charged with stealing food in London last year.  Thousands of people were charged with stealing food in London last year in what a food bank expert has warned is a “criminalisation […]

Britain’s new wave of militant grocers

So much food goes into landfill while many families go hungry. Sarah Butler meets the shopkeepers fighting waste Retail crusaders: Nathan and Bethany Richards of Niftie’s in Dover. Photograph: Richard Saker for the Observer A steady stream of shoppers are filling their baskets with biscuits, fizzy pop, risotto rice and tins of tomatoes at Niftie’s grocery […]

Paris police ‘threatening lives of homeless migrants by stealing blankets’ as temperatures drop to freezing

Police in Paris are threatening the lives of homeless refugees by stealing their blankets as temperatures drop to freezing, a leading international aid agency claimed.   Migrants stand near police as they wait to board a bus on the Avenue de Flandre during an evacuation of a makeshift camp in Paris (Photo: Getty Images)   […]

McDonald’s refuses homeless woman tap water – so man in queue does something amazing

  You’d think that McDonald’s would allow homeless people tap water. But one customer says his “heart was broken” after one woman was  denied a ” basic human right “. Jonathon Pengelly, from Cardiff, says that he encountered the scenario after a big night out. He was standing in the queue at his local branch […]

Homeless groups told not to feed or help the homeless in Newcastle

Newcastle City Council has said they will consider taking action against unregistered volunteer groups – which often set up near Grey’s Monument and dole out meals, drinks and clothing – if they do not start falling into line with council procedures. The Chronicle understands that several unsuccessful attempts have been made by the council to […]

Homeless served eviction notices at Leeds protest camp to make way for Olympic parade

Campaigners who set up a protest camp in Leeds City Centre to call for more support for the city’s homeless people have been served eviction notices. Credit: ITV Yorkshire It comes after Leeds Homeless Action Group along with two other charities put up tents five days ago outside the city’s art gallery at the spot […]

Britain is now one of the most unequal countries in the world

We are now one of the most unequal countries in the developed world. According to analysis by Oxfam, the richest 1% in this country now owns more than 20 times the total wealth of the poorest fifth. The charity suggested this incredible inequality in UK society contributed to the vote to leave the EU in […]

Mum and toddler failed by the system starved to death with no food or possessions in home

They had no food in the house and no possessions other than the clothes on their back, the court heard. There is no evidence Lillian Oluk, 36, and daughter Lynne Mutumba, two, had eaten for days before they died, an inquest heard A mum with HIV and her daughter who had been told to leave […]

Row as Derby Street Kitchen to be banned from feeding those in need

Homeless  volunteers have hit out at a bid to ban them from Derby’s Market Place being imposed in a council attempt to cut anti-social behaviour. Council officials told the Good Samaritans their vehicle will be slapped with an automatic £70 fixed penalty fine if it is seen on CCTV driving on to the Market Place. […]

Italian court rules food theft ‘not a crime’ if hungry

  For the judges, the “right to survival prevails over property” Stealing small amounts of food to stave off hunger is not a crime, Italy’s highest court of appeal has ruled. In times of economic hardship, the court of cassation’s judgement “reminds everyone that in a civilised country not even the worst of men should […]