A struggling mom shares her worries BBC In its latest episode, Panorama discusses why food is so expensive, and rising Food prices They left her with just £20 a week after rent and bills were paid. The report comes as journalist Lisa Robson explores a “dizzying list” of global factors driving food inflation on the Tonight Show.
Emma, who lives in Kent with her 14-year-old daughter Anna, shared how she had to rely on free food from the community fridge at her local church.
Emma recalls: “Before, we used to go to a supermarket and put things in our trolley – we can’t do that anymore.
“Every bit of food, you have to make it go a long way.”
According to Emma, her income is limited by health issues, which makes it difficult for her to work. Instead, it relies on Universal Credit and Child Benefit.
When the service was first launched 18 months ago, the group said at the event that they now help feed about 7,000 people a month, from 500 people a month.
Walton Vale community shop worker Robbie said: “I’ve never seen it worse in my life.”
“I would say 60 percent of the people who come here are in working poverty. Their wages are not enough to keep them warm at home and feed them.”
He continued: “We have postmen here, we have firefighters, nurses, lots of pensioners. People really rely on us.
“We can’t deal with it, other systems can’t deal with it, it’s catastrophic.”
Why Food Is Too Expensive is on Monday 14 November at 8pm on BBC One.
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