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Donegal worst for food poverty 15.12.13

DONEGAL is the worst hit county in Ireland for food poverty, a shock new survey reveals.
Food poverty is defined as someone being forced to miss a meal because they cannot afford it.
The report is from trade unions Mandate and Unite which has called on the Government to release funds to help tackle the problem. The unions said pensioners, one parent families and the newly unemployed are among the worst off.
Their report 'Hungry for Action' found that one in 10 people currently suffers food poverty across Ireland.
Mandate general secretary John Douglas said of the findings: “Those suffering food poverty may be lone-parent families, they may be the newly unemployed, they may be pensioners – and they may be people in work, struggling to survive on low wages.
“It may mean they cannot afford a meal with meat or the vegetarian equivalent every second day or afford a roast or vegetarian equivalent once a week."
The Hungry for Action report shows that people in Donegal are among the worst hit, with one in nine unable to afford basic meals.
The unions appealed for a minimum wage rise as well as more support in benefits to social welfare recipients.
Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly added: “Food poverty in Ireland today is part of a policy-made disaster – austerity, and the collapse in incomes it has brought in its wake.
“But the cause of food poverty will only be addressed by starting to increase the incomes of the most deprived in our society, which is why we are also calling for an increase in basic Social Protection rates, and an increase in the minimum wage to help address the growing problem of in-work poverty.” The unions also called for an emergency relief budget early in 2014.
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