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Britain’s austere cutbacks a cautionary tale for US

SALISBURY, England — Trussell Trust was founded here more than a decade ago to help starving children in Bulgaria, but in recent years the nonprofit has expanded its mission dramatically in a once-unthinkable direction, opening more than 200 food banks across the United Kingdom.

This year alone, the centers have distributed free groceries to about 130,000 British families, more than double the number in 2011.

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