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Summer food poverty is a national problem—it’s time for politicians to step up

The issue of holiday food poverty is intrinsically linked to the issue of term time food poverty. Just ask the families of South East London

By Alex Shilling  

The school holidays can be a difficult period for families on lower incomes. (Stock photo.)

“I thought I was making a cup of tea for a real man,” my colleague Cindy barks in scandalised fashion at the delivery driver, who has just told her that he doesn’t want any sugar in his tea.

We’re in the kitchen at Plumstead Adventure Playground in south east London, near where I grew up. 15 years ago, it would have been me getting stuck halfway down that slide and ending up with woodchips…

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