Boy, 14, was taken to hospital after passing out from starvation at London’s meals financial institution


A 14-year-old boy reportedly passed out from hunger while waiting for food at a blackboard in south-west London, the center’s owner said. The boy was taken to hospital after passing out and cracking his head.

The owner of Earlsfield Foodbank in Wandsworth described what happened on Twitter.

She added: “Big decisions have already been made this winter – eat vs. heat, cut every other meal. We have already seen children sleeping in coats, people literally starving, coming to us with very little support available.

“There is no longer a road to walk. There is no safety net or padding. And after yesterday’s declaration of spring, it’s only going to get a whole lot worse. We’re desperately worried about what’s next. Those who have the least are already suffering the most. How can we tolerate that?”

Figures show an increase in the use of food banks in the capital since then covid pandemic started.

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 boy should have a good rest at home.