As the first visitors arrive at St. Luke's church in south London, pushing empty shopping trolleys and carrying plastic bags, it is clear they haven't come to worship.
A man selling The Big Issue, a magazine that earns income for the homeless, jokes with a passer-by in central London on February 13, 2012. The economic crisis has left many people on the edge, but campaigners warn the situation is going to get worse because of government plans to cut welfare payments in the coming months.
Twice a week, this place functions as a food bank serving up physical rather than spiritual sustenance to the increasing numbers of Britain's poor.
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