Poverty Poverty is stressful, read our commonly asked questions to see how we can help. Expand I don’t have any other clothes than what I am wearing, can you help me? We have a free clothing store and a subsidised laundry service at our Day Centre. We can help you wash your clothes and provide you with appropriate clothing if you need a change or warmer clothing. Please visit our Day Centre between 12pm and 4pm, Monday to Friday so we can help you. I don’t have any food to eat today, can you help me? We are sometimes able to provide food parcels and can let you know the locations of local food banks near you. We also have free three-course hot lunches available from Monday to Friday between 12pm and 3pm at our Day Centre; please visit so we can help you. What is poverty? Poverty is when a person’s resources – usually material resources – are inadequate for covering their minimum needs this includes rent, food, personal hygiene needs and utilities (heating/lighting) along with social participation, such as the ability to visit friends and family or take part in community life and events. We recommend viewing this resource for further information on the definition of poverty. What is the poverty line? ‘The poverty line’ is the minimum income an individual or family requires to meet their basic needs such as housing, food, hygiene, heating, lighting and social participation. This varies across areas of the UK and between different groups depending on living circumstances (such as family size or average private rents in an area). We recommend viewing the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s resource on Minimum Income Standards for in-depth information on this issue.