Hunger is growing even in rich countries

Across Europe and North America, the number of people in food poverty increased for the first time since the UN started collecting data in 2014, according to recently published figures. Nearly 9% of people were moderately or severely food insecure in 2020, compared with 7.7% the previous year.

Unlike poorer countries that lack government protection, most developed countries have state-backed welfare safety nets. Despite this, many vulnerable people in rich countries have been hit hard by the economic impact of Covid-19.

To address this issue, the role of charities and Food Banks has grown during the pandemic.

FEBA Members helped almost 13m people in 2020, up 35% from the previous year. About 860,000 tonnes of food was distributed, an increase of 12%, and the numbers have failed to come down in 2021, said Angela Frigo, FEBA secretary-general.

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