Tough Times See Red Cross Feeding UK Families For First Time in 70 Years

By Gerald Lynch on at

The hardships of the recession are being more keenly felt than ever before, with the British Red Cross announcing that it is making preparations to feed UK households this winter for the first time in 70 years.

With energy bills rising, the price of food becoming more expensive and benefit cuts under the coalition government hitting the poorest families hardest, the British Red Cross estimate some 5 million people will struggle as the days get colder.

"For British Red Cross it's a toe in the water," said Juliet Mountford, head of UK service development. "It's the first step in considering whether we ought to be doing more on today's food poverty challenge."

Looking to help out? The Red Cross will be setting up food drive drop-off points in supermarket foyers up and down the country. Give generously. [Guardian]