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Number of Italians turning to charity for food jumps 33%

Farmers association says 3.7 million needed charity last year

Number of Italians turning to charity for food jumps 33%

Rome, July 17 - The dramatic rise in poverty in Italy has driven a 33% jump in demand from charities distributing meals and food to the poor, Italy's leading farm group said Wednesday. The economic crisis that is driving up unemployment and pushing families into poverty has meant a 33% increase between 2010 and 2012 for charitable assistance, said the Italian Confederation of Farmers (CIA). It was reacting to a new report on poverty released by the national statistics agency, showing that poverty levels are climbing rapidly. Almost 3.7 million Italians sought food aid last year, said CIA.

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