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[Correspondence] Rising food insecurity in Europe

People queueing for food aid is an image reminiscent of the Great Depression in the 1930s, but one that has come to characterise many European nations in the grip of austerity today. In 2013–14, the UK’s Trussell Trust, a national network of food banks, provided emergency food aid to more than 900 000 adults and children, a 163% increase from the previous year.1 Greek, Spanish, and French charities have also reported marked rises in the number of people seeking emergency food support.2 Alongside clinical evidence of rising nutritional deficiencies,2,3 these reports suggest that a problem is emerging, but to what extent is food insecurity rising across Europe?