Food bank Britain and the three faces of poverty

Interesting piece from Resistance and Renewal on the ‘three faces of poverty’ and the role of the church in responding. Any comments folks?

Resistance & Renewal

A major report ‘Emergency Use Only‘ was published yesterday by the Church of England, Oxfam and the Trussell Trust. It outlines the reality of Food bank Britain:

  • Those receiving emergency food from food banks rose from 128,697 in 2011-12 to 913,138 in 2013-14.
  • Many food bank users faced multiple challenges, including ill-health, relationship breakdown, mental health problems or substantial caring responsibilities.

The report is further evidence of the impact of a deepening web of poverty that increasing numbers of people find themselves caught in:

3 Faces of Poverty

Material poverty is driven by low incomes, unemployment, cuts and sanctions to benefits, unaffordable housing and increased costs of living.

Poverty of relationships relates to the fragile and fractured nature of many people’s relationships, both within families and communities.  The weakening of the bonds of commitment within families has left many, especially children, far more vulnerable than ever before.

The poverty of identity underpins both. It is seen in the growing issues around mental…

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4 thoughts on “Food bank Britain and the three faces of poverty

  1. Pingback: Poverty and our collective responsibility | act justly love mercy walk humbly

  2. When reading this blog, I was reminded that the UNDP produced a very interesting report on exclusion in Eastern Europe. They began with finding out what people think – not only with ‘quantitative analysis’ – and when they analysed the results they found three main drivers of exclusion, two of which are unsurprising but the third provokes reflection related to bodies like CAP:
    – state policies
    – practices of structures and institutions
    – values
    And one very important section is concerned with the impact of values on participation in social networks and relationships and the impact of this on mental well being and exclusion, which resonates with the report from Resistance and Renewal (Beyond Transition, UNDP Regional Development Report. 2011)

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