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Issue 1415 - The Food Poverty Fight

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‘Who do I talk to about the government food voucher scheme?’

It started with a tweet and ended with a government U-turn that will take millions of children a step further from hunger this summer. Marcus Rashford has started something, but who will finish it? A special report on holiday hunger, and how it’s not just a result of the Covid crisis but rather the damning reality that shames Britain. Plus, Empire editor Terri White recalls her own experiences as a child growing up in poverty and describes her shame when hearing a story from her past for the first time.

RIP Bob

Bobites all over the world were united in grief at the news that the Street Cat had died last week. Bob’s story is one of friendship, loyalty and redemption, and it has helped The Big Issue spread our message all over the globe. He wasn’t just a cat, he was a symbol of second chances. Tributes, memories and more.

‘Our basic biology, our evolved genetic heritage, makes us vulnerable’

Did our human impulse for progress and our massive brains lead us into the coronavirus crisis? Biologist and author Adam Hart thinks they did. He argues there’s a disconnect between our modern world and the human animals that we remain and says the pandemic is just one of many problems that this will cause.

PLUS: Dame Harriet Walter hasn’t been able to shake off Killing Eve co-star Jodie Comer (not that she wants to, of course); punk Poet Laureate Simon Armitage tells his younger self that becoming a writer is not the impossible dream he thinks it is; and toilet seat up or down? We lift the lid on the best way to stop the Covid spread in the smallest room.

All this, and much more, only in this week’s Big Issue.

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