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Food poverty has frequently been a subject of media attention due to the proliferation of foodbanks in Britain over the last few years. Over 400 Trussell Trust foodbanks distributed more than 1.1 million three-day supplies of food to UK residents in 2015/16, not to mention the numerous independent foodbanks such as those run by the Salvation Army. Since the global financial crash of 2008 and subsequent austerity measures, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who cannot afford to feed themselves or their families. Churches are on the frontline in most towns and cities, partnering with referral agencies, supermarkets and other charities to feed those in need in their communities. However, food poverty is a symptom of deeper problems. Therefore, churches are exploring ways to move beyond dealing with crisis situations that drive people to foodbanks, into developing solutions to the underlying causes.

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