Red Cross in first Britain food aid since WWII
LONDON (AFP) - The Red Cross said on Friday it will collect and distribute food aid in Britain this winter for the first time since World War II as the financial crisis and austerity hit the poor.
Volunteers from the British Red Cross will launch a campaign in supermarkets asking shoppers to donate dry goods such as pasta and tinned foods, according to plans first reported in the Independent newspaper.
The food will then be distributed by two British charities, FareShare and the Trussell Trust, to hard-up families in Britain, said the British Red Cross, part of the Geneva-based International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Ms Juliet Mountford, head of UK service development, said the Red Cross agreed to help on the basis of "strong evidence of an increased need for support on food poverty issues".