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Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce visits food bank to highlight growing poverty

PUBLISHED: 11:15 05 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:24 05 March 2013

Teresa Pearce (fourth left) with a number of MPs at the pop-up food bank outside the Houses of Parliament

Teresa Pearce (fourth left) with a number of MPs at the pop-up food bank outside the Houses of Parliament

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Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce drew attention to growing poverty in the UK by visited a Unite pop-up food bank last week.

She was one of a number of MPs to visit the food bank outside the Houses of Parliament to highlight the reliance on food parcels in the UK.

The number of people supported by food banks has grown from 2,800 in 2005 to 06 to over 128,000 in 2011 to 12, while Britain’s largest network of food banks, the Trussell Trust, predicts that they will need to support in excess of 260,000 people over the next year.

Ms Pearce said: “There are possibly a quarter of a million people this year who will rely on food banks, and many of those people are in work. I think there’s something wrong with the economic model in this country when people who work can’t feed their own families.

“The work carried out by food banks giving supplies to people both in and out of work is invaluable. They provide a lifeline to people in dire need. But it is appalling that this level of support is needed in 21st century Britain thanks to Government cuts.”

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