From soup kitchens to school meals, demand for welfare in Athens is surging

Photo by Harry van Versendaal
Photo by Harry van Versendaal

The City of Athens has conducted the first ever survey of people using its welfare services, including soup kitchens, and the findings of its report provide further cause for concern about the social impact of the crisis, particularly in the centre of the Greek capital.

The municipality feeds about 1,400 people a day but the worrying finding from the survey is that 41 percent of those attending the soup kitchens have started doing so in the last six months. Furthermore, 76 percent of those obtaining free meals said the...

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