The Trussell Trust, Church Action on Poverty and FareShare were among 15 organisations to write to the prime minister calling for a “hardship fund”, which would be used to help those worst hit if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal.
They warned that services like meals on wheels and free school dinners, as well as supplies to food banks, homeless hostels and refuges, could be adversely hit if food prices increase. These services feed millions of people every day.
Children, the elderly, hospital patients and low-income families could all be affected, the charities said.
“The UN has estimated that 8.4 million people in the UK (half of them children) experience household food insecurity – missing meals or unable to afford adequate food,” they wrote.
“Food price inflation caused by a no-deal Brexit is likely to affect these people, and the services providing food to support them, disproportionately.”
Calling on Ms May to come up with “detailed plans” to help the people most vulnerable to food disruption, they said she should work with local authorities and frontline charities to mitigate the potential risks to food supply and prices.
The heads of more than 30 trade associations said all attention should be focused on what they called “ever more the likeliest outcome”.
Additional reporting from agencies
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