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Oxfam fears rise in foodbank use is 'tip of the iceberg'

Oxfam's Director of UK Poverty, Chris Johnes, has warned that welfare reforms could tip even more people into food poverty:

These shocking figures show that a perfect storm of spiralling living costs, lack of decent, secure jobs and benefit changes are making it impossible for many people to feed themselves or their families.

It's clear there is a massive hole in the safety net when so many more people are being forced to rely on emergency food handouts.

We are worried this could be just the tip of the iceberg as changes to the welfare system already in the pipeline could rip apart the safety net with devastating consequences for those who rely on it.

– Chris Johnes, oxfam


Children in West Yorkshire campaign for "food for all"

Children from Bramhope Primary School in Otley

Hundreds of children in West Yorkshire are campaigning for a world where there is enough food for everyone - with kites.

The children, from Otley, Pool and Bramhope, flew their kites today with messages against hunger at Wharfemeadows Park.

The children made their own kites and decorated them, as part of Oxfam’s Flying the Kite for Food initiative. With help from Oxfam they learnt about the causes of and solutions to global hunger.