Churches can be places offering a huge amount of service and support to those who live with a lack of economic power. At the same time, some living in poverty often experience exclusion from faith communities, and there are things that churches could do better to ensure this doesn’t happen. The resources here are to support our churches in this work.
Britain is one of the world’s largest economies, and yet people are going hungry. Millions of people have visited foodbanks in the UK since 2013, and thousands of people are admitted to hospital in the UK for malnutrition each year. One in five mothers report regularly skipping meals to better feed their children, and even more families are just one unexpected bill away from waking up with empty cupboards. Over half of people using foodbanks have been put in that situation by cut backs to and failures in the benefit system, whether it be payment delays or punitive sanctions. For more facts and figures on poverty in the UK, go to our partner Church Action on Poverty's website.