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Ray Woolford, who founded the first food bank in Lewisham and has since written the book Food Bank Britain, said many of those who have been criminalised for stealing food only did so in order to survive.
“The cost of jailing people and putting them through the courts is incredible,” he told the Standard. “These are people who instead should be helped."
Mr Woolford, who lives in south London, added that many of the people charged had been caught rooting through supermarket bins.
“I was hearing more and more stories of people being arrested," he said.
A Trussell Trust food bank in St Paul's Church in Brixton in 2012. (Getty Images)
“What I found was this was not just people going into supermarkets and stealing food off the shelves, these were people who were taking out-of-date food from the supermarket bins.
“Food that the supermarkets would have to pay to take from the supermarket to the waste site.