Demand spikes for food handouts in Greece

Demand spikes for food handouts in Greece
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The ink may be drying on the composition of Greece’s new government but the immediate future remains bleak for thousands too poor to feed themselves.

Some hope has been delivered by a coalition of farmers who’ve come together to distribute free vegetables in Athens.

“We won’t solve any feeding problems, but we’re starting to show solidarity, a display of Greek solidarity that shows we’re united in these tough times,” said one charity worker.

The UN believes nearly half a million children are now malnourished in Greece but unofficial estimates suggest the figure is much higher.

One man complained the handouts were just a drop in the ocean. “We need this more often.”

Sentiments shared by a woman in the long queue: “Although I’m optimistic, I don’t think I should be,” she said.

What is clear is that more and more people are having to rely on handouts to survive as Greece enters its fifth successive year of recession.

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