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Provide food bank service as food banks close & hardship increases due to CV-19

Submitted by Lois Greaves on Tuesday 17th March 2020

Published on Tuesday 7th April 2020

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 7th October 2020

Signatures: 54

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Children ~ Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Schools ~ The Government ~ UK ~ Universal Credit ~ virus

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Provide food bank service as food banks close & hardship increases due to CV-19

Petition Details

Food banks are a vital lifeline to people on the lowest incomes and many of the most vulnerable within our communities.

The government needs to provide and stock a food bank style service throughout the UK to ensure people are not forced into hunger as a result of coronavirus.

Additional Information

Food banks fill an essential gap where our welfare system fails. The need for emergency food will surge as people claim statutory sick pay, universal credit and children who receive school meals will go hungry if schools close.

In parallel, food banks are experiencing greater pressures. Donations have fallen as people stockpile for themselves. Many are also facing closure as they have a duty to protect volunteers, many of whom are retirees, susceptible to the virus needing to self-isolate.


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