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Why end UK hunger?

This report from charitable coalition End Hunger UK sets out the arguments for addressing the root causes of hunger in the UK from seven perspectives: morality, child welfare, health, secure income, human rights, politics and public opinion.

According to the report, the underlying drivers of food insecurity in the UK include the rising cost of living, insecure work, difficulties in accessing benefits (such as the five week wait for payments), limits on the value of benefits (such as the two-child limit), lack of support in crises, and difficulty in accessing good food (which could be remedied, say, by offering universal free school meals). 

Read the full report, Why end UK Hunger? The case for ending hunger in the UK, here. See also the Foodsource building block What is food security?

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