14-year-old schoolboy faints from starvation as he queues at London’s meals financial institution

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The 14-year-old schoolboy faints from hunger as he queues at London’s food bank after telling the owner that “his family’s cupboards at home are empty”.

  • Earlsfield Foodbank said on Twitter that the boy fainted while waiting for food
  • A record number of people are accessing food banks in the UK, a chArity said
  • They said an ambulance was called when the boy “hit his head”.

A 14-year-old boy “fainted from hunger” while waiting at a London food bank, the company that runs the charity said.

Earlsfield Foodbank in south-west London tweeted about the incident today, saying the boy’s “cupboards at home were empty”.

According to the Trussell Trust, a record 2.5 million were spent by their network between 2020 and 2021, with the cost of living crisis likely to make matters worse.

A 14-year-old boy “fainted from hunger” while waiting at a London food bank, the company that runs the charity said

The owner of the plaque wrote: “An ambulance was called to the plaque today when a 14-year-old boy passed out and hit his head.

‘He hadn’t eaten for a while. The cupboards at home were empty.

“The level of distress and suffering we are seeing is extreme, it is getting worse and worse every week.”

The owner added: “Big decisions – eating vs. heating, cutting every other meal – have already been made this winter.

“We have already seen children sleeping in coats, people coming to us literally starving with very little support available.

“There is no longer a road to walk. No safety net or pillow available. And after yesterday’s declaration of spring, it’s only going to get a whole lot worse.

“We are desperately concerned about what comes next. Those who have the least are already suffering the most. How can we tolerate that?’

Earlsfield Foodbank in south-west London tweeted about the incident today, saying the boy’s “cupboards at home were empty”

The horrifying tale follows a huge surge in food bank usage across the capital since the onset of the pandemic. From 2020 to 2021, over 420,000 people used a Tafel in London alone – an increase of almost 200,000 on the previous year.

The foodbank owner’s tweet quickly went viral, garnering over 30,000 likes and almost 10,000 retweets. After the reveal, she added: “After this thread, a lot of people have asked how they can help.

“Please write to your MP and ask them to address the root causes of poverty. The wonderful organization @IFAN-UK has created a sample letter. https://www.foodaidnetwork.org.uk/write-to-your-mp.’

Finally, she added that the boy was “ok” and is now home and doing well.