British Food Banks Are Shuttering At The Worst Possible Time — Here’s Why

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Six out of seven major British already strained food banks plan to close on September 19 in accordance with the government shutdown honoring Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, Open Democracy reports. The outlet says that “at least one” food bank will remain open with the support of volunteers, but other food banks say they can’t operate without delivery drivers, who will be taking the day off. “The death of the Queen will understandably cause some disruption to the state and government,” a spokesperson for political organization Momentum told the outlet, “but it’s vital that our democratic institutions — whether Parliament or political parties — operate at full capacity as the cost of living crisis continues to wreak havoc across the country.”

The Washington Post reports that the event will also affect healthcare services, including the postponement of all “non-urgent” surgeries at hospitals. The outlet writes that the decision to declare September 19 a bank holiday was made at the last minute, and that the government encouraged employers to “respond sensitively to requests from workers who wish to take time off.”

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