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Heartbreaking moment mum and child handed food parcel shows reality of poverty

A leading homelessness charity says the photo speaks a ‘million words’ about child poverty in Scotland, as it fights politicians’ claims such hardship doesn’t exist

This stark picture shows a mum and her toddler daughter accepting a food parcel from a soup kitchen in the streets of Glasgow

A sobering photograph has captured a mum and her young child being handed a food parcel at a Glasgow soup kitchen.

Child poverty campaigners say it highlights the reality of the hardship so many families are facing in Scotland.

The shocking image shows the woman and her toddler being handed a package at a regular stall in the city centre.

The Daily Record reported earlier this week that two children, thought to be aged between seven and eight, were served on Tuesday night.

The service feeds hundreds of homeless people every week.

The two kids were brought there by their mum, and were said to be “excited” and “extremely grateful” for their food.

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The heartbreaking scenes have prompted calls for urgent talks on child poverty.

Colin McIness, from Homeless Project Scotland, said he hoped the stark picture would drive home the reality of poverty for many people.

He said: “The photo says a million words.





“I thought… the photo (would) stop politicians saying this is not true to people.

“(Children at the kitchen) have been more regular the last few weeks.”

He said previously that he had been left “heartbroken” by the plight of some youngsters forced to eat through the service.







He said: “”They couldn’t take the tickets from my hands fast enough.

“I’m a 6’2 grown man and it hit me hard – I had to take a minute away because I couldn’t watch children collect food on the streets of Glasgow.

“It left us heartbroken.”









Colin has called for all political leaders to address the crisis and to drop by and watch the charity serving vast numbers of people.

He said the charity had written invitations in the past to all leaders of all parties, with no response.

“I will be extending that written invitation once again,” Colin said.

He added: “I think it is time our local representatives came to our soup kitchen to see first-hand the struggles the people of Glasgow are facing.

“That way, they might be inclined to do something about it and try to make a difference.”

Colin continued: “It is so sad that in this day and age in Glasgow there are children on the streets queuing on a school night for some hot food.”

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