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Government not protecting poorest from rising cost of living, says charity

At a community kitchen in Lambeth, south London, a team of volunteers aren't just serving up hot three course vegetarian meals. They are watching the cost of living catastrophe begin to bite.

The project run by FoodCycle - a charity which turns surplus from the shops into menus for people in need - is in more demand than ever, ramping up its operations to feed hundreds more people every week.

Carly Shutes, who works for the charity, said for many people using the service, it would be the only hot meal they ate all week.

"Our guest numbers are increasing double each week, so we know more and more people are struggling,'' she said.

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